Harrisburg reviving compost facility plan in Susquehanna Township

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The City of Harrisburg is making another push for a composting site in Susquehanna Township.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse says he has made changes to the plan.

“I think it was a good process,” Papenfuse said. “We always wanted to have that feedback and we were pleased that so many people came and voiced their questions and concerns.”

The city plans to build an approximately five-acre compost facility on a vacant 42-acre lot owned by the Harrisburg School District. The property at 1850 Stanley Road was formerly home to a middle school.

“Originally, there was talk of incorporating food. We haven’t done that. We have a very confined area. We don’t believe there is going to be any traffic impact or noise impact on the neighbors,” Papenfuse said.

In August, township residents complained about the proposed compost site, concerned that rotting food would cause odor and attract unwanted wildlife, insects, and pests. The mayor has altered that part of the plan, only using the facility for leaves or yard waste.

The plan still incorporates educational programming for students in the Harrisburg and Susquehanna Township school districts. The composting site would be for city and township residents but operated by Harrisburg.

The mayor will reintroduce his plan to the city council, the Harrisburg School District, and Susquehanna Township in the coming days. If approved, the compost site could open next year.

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