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Marion working to become landfill-free community

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The City of Marion is looking to become a landfill free community. The city has been looking at ways to divert trash from the landfill and turn it into other things.

"There's a lot of direction and a lot of local support to look at alternatives to land filling," said Ryan Miller, Public Services Director.  "That's what generated our work with Fiberight as well as others."

Thursday the City Council is expected to sign a letter of support backing Fiberight, LLC. The company is applying for a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Fiberight is looking for help funding a $22.7 million project that would turn trash into ethanol.

"Any community would love to be zero waste," said Miller.  "This is definitely one step in that direction."

Fiberight is just one company Marion has been working with. Last year the City Council approved a contract with Plasma Power, LLC. Which uses high temperatures to convert waste into a gas. It's a move the organization wastenotIOWA supports.

"The Plasma Power plant far exceeds Fiberight's approach," said Charles Kress, spokesperson of wastenotIOWA.

Members of the not-for-profit worry supporting Fiberight will come at the expense of the already existing contract with Plasma Power.

"With the agreement with Fiberight, there will not be enough waste available to run the Plasma Power plant," said Kress.

City employees say part of the agreement with Fiberight is to continue support of Plasma Power.

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