High costs move Fort Detrick to discontinue waste incinerators, and partner with county landfill

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Fort Detrick has partnered with Frederick County, Maryland to help in the disposal of waste on the U.S. Army base.

County Executive Jan Gardner announced the temporary agreement Thursday morning.

The agreement will allow Fort Detrick to bring waste to the county’s landfill station for the standard fee of about $70 per ton.

Fort Detrick shut down its incinerator disposal system after mounting costs and challenges.

“It’s becoming a challenge to keep it operational to the stringent federal and state standards. We did a cost-benefit analysis of what it would cost to rebuild out incinerators versus just using a normal landfill option that the county has built in to their solid waste management plan, and it was much more efficient,” explained commander U.S. Army Garrison for Fort Detrick, Col. Scott Halter.

The agreement will last for 180 days but officials are already working to propose a permanent partnership.

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