Official page for the City of Harrisburg revised permit application to compost in Susquehanna Township.
The proposed area for the composting plan is a 5-acre permit site with a total lease area of 13.1 acres. The Harrisburg School District owns 41 acres in the vicinity of the composting site.
The proposed composting site will only accept processing for leaf waste, garden waste, yard waste, tree trimmings, and shrubbery. The site will also lend itself to environmental education training. The City will include a 6-acre green belt buffer zone to allow space for wildlife and vegetation to continue to flourish. NOTE: PADEP does NOT allow food waste under this permit.
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The site is designed to compost approximately 5,500 cubic yards of leaves and yard waste at one time. The site will hold up to an additional 3,500 cubic yards of materials in curing piles. The City generated 544 tons of leaves in 2016 or about 5,000 cubic yards of leaves. Site capacity is set at 9,000 cubic yards of composting material on the 5-acre site.
Conditions of operation for the Harrisburg Compost Site will be inclusive of:
- The site will be registered under a WMGM030 permit.
- The site will only operate during normal business hours.
- The site will remain secured at all times.
- The site will only be accessed by Stanley Road via Arsenal Blvd.
- The site will be open to inspection from independent parties to ensure adherence to agreed upon terms of operation.
We would like to acknowledge and express our thanks to the following people for their contributions in producing this report.
On-site Stormwater Controls
- A Diversion swale located on the north side of the permit site will divert water from compost operations.
- The Compost pad to slope west.
- Stormwater directed through a compost filter “sock” at the western edge of the compost operations.
- After the compost “sock”, stormwater will flow through natural vegetative filter strips.
- Water is finally retained in 1 of 2 bio-retention basins.
- Ultimate discharge of water is groundwater recharge or attenuated release into an existing swale.
- Post-development discharge is less than the existing discharge.
- Stormwater controls meet or exceed the PADEP Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Other Environmental Info
- A DRAFT permit will be available for preview prior to being finalized on the City website: harrisburgpa.gov.
- The PA Natural Diversity Index (PNDI) search resulted in a ‘no species of concern’ for the location of the compost site.
- A Request for Determination (RFD) has been applied for from PADEP for the air impacts resulting from the equipment proposed for use at this site.
- Education curriculum is the responsibility of HSD, but the City has collected some info to share with the HSD and supports the formation of a joint task force.
- The application contains a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Plan that is typical for composting in PA.
- Capital Region Water indicates that previous water to school is still active and can supply water for operations.
Please fill out the form below to submit a public comment. Once submitted your comment will be forwarded to the proper authority at the City of Harrisburg and answered within 24-48 hours.