By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Work will soon begin to grind up waste wood at the Corinth inert landfill, and the resulting mulch will be available to pick up at no charge.

The city board on Tuesday approved a quote from Triangle Maintenance Service of Columbus to perform needed work at the landfill for a cost of $40,000. The other quote from Wood Recycling of MS in Blue Springs was $40,400.

A smoldering fire in the accumulated wood waste at the landfill burned for about four days in late September, but was ultimately extinguished with no serious injuries through cooperation between the Corinth Fire Department and city employees, said Corinth Street Commissioner Jim Bynum.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which issues permits for waste disposal sites, had already directed the city to grind the large amount of accumulated wood waste into mulch before the fire, Bynum said.

“We had a strong storm about five months ago that knocked down lots of trees and limbs at one time,” Bynum said. It’s usual that accumulated wood waste be ground into mulch on a regular basis and distributed or used in order to keep fire risk at a minimum. However, having such a large quantity accumulate usually takes up to a year or so.

Triangle will bring the grinding equipment to the site on Friday and begin grinding on Monday if the weather cooperates, Bynum said.

Anyone wishing to obtain free mulch should call the street department in advance at (662) 286-8144.

“Any excess mulch that isn’t given away will be dispersed along the slopes at the landfill for erosion control and to comply with MDEQ requirements,” Bynum said.

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