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Proposed Extension of 26th St. Leaf Storage Site

posted Sep 2, 2009, 7:20 AM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated Sep 2, 2009, 7:27 AM ]

Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services requests County Board approval for a 5-year extension to the Use Permit for the Leaf Storage Site at 26th Street.  Resident comments invited.

In November 2009, the County Board will decide whether to renew the Use Permit for the 26th Street leaf storage facility located at 4634 and 4712 N. 26th Street.  In November and December each year, Arlington County’s Solid Waste Bureau (SWB) collects approximately 40,000 cubic yards of leaves.  The leaf collection program includes staff, vehicles, processing equipment, and facilities. 

The 26th Street leaf storage facility is critical to the leaf collection program. The facility helps improve the productivity of the SWB crews by 15-25 percent, allowing crews to more efficiently collect, transfer and process both vacuumed and bagged leaves and reduces time driving to and from the Earth Products Recycling Yard in Shirlington.  This ultimately removes weeks from the collection schedule, resulting in time, fuel and other environmental savings, including a reduction in emissions, which helps our air quality. 

At the conclusion of the leaf collection program, the leaves stored at the 26th Street leaf storage site are transferred to the Earth Products Recycling Yard where they are processed into leaf mulch and made available for County projects and to citizens.  In compliance with the Use Permit, all leaves are removed and the storage site is cleaned and closed in February each year.

The site is owned by Arlington County government and zoned for its current use with the condition that a Use Permit be renewed on a five-year basis.  This November, the County Board will consider the County’s request to extend this Use Permit for another five-year period.

Residents who have concerns about this matter should send their comments to the Civic Association President who will forward them to County staff to be addressed.  Further, the Solid Waste Bureau is offering to facilitate the establishment of a neighborhood advisory committee to act as a conduit for neighborhood concerns about the temporary use of the site during leaf collection season.  We are requesting that your Civic Association identify one citizen to serve on the committee.  We anticipate this committee will meet prior to the start of the leaf collection season and again after the leaf storage site is closed.  Mike Clem is coordinating this effort on my behalf.  He can be reached by phone at 703-228-6491 or by email at mclem@arlingtonva.us .  We look forward to hearing from you regarding any concerns you may have concerning this renewal. -Mike Clem

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