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Compost removal process begins at Flint's former Chevy in the Hole site

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/17/14) - It's taken years, but yard waste at Flint's former Chevy in the Hole site is now being transformed as part of the compost removal process.

"It's going to be a real, true asset for the City of Flint," said utilities administrator Daughtery Johnson. He's also the city's project manager for Chevy in the Hole.

A large piece of machinery is currently aerating the piles.

"There's a biological breakdown of the piles and if they sit stagnant, that process helps much slower," said Steve Montle, consultant with Resource Recycling Systems. The company is managing the compost operation. "We'll process about every two to four weeks for the remainder of the summer and fall. We hope to screen sometime in November, weather dependent. If we have a lot of rain, or too little rain or it gets cold early, we may have to postpone until spring getting a screen out here."

Montle said screening takes all the large pieces and any plastics, or anything else, that came in with the product.
"The final product is screen compost like you'd find at Lowe's or Home Depot or anywhere else," he said.

Much of that final product is going right back into the site.

"11,000 cubic yards will be used to green the Chevy in the Hole site. The remainder will be sold. We hope to sell almost all that back to the vendors, the contractors working on site greening the project," Johnson said.

The former manufacturing space is in the process of being re-developed to include open grasslands, woodlands and wetlands interlaced with trails. The finished project is being called Chevy Commons. This is the first step in cleaning the site for that.

The city said the greening of the site was a key part of the Master Plan.
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