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Wisconsin brush and wood waste banned at Duluth waste center

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Brush and wood waste originating from Wisconsin have been banned at the WLSSD yard waste compost site and materials recovery center in Duluth.

The ban was imposed in recent days to curtail the spread of emerald ash borer which was recently discovered in Superior.

“To reduce the potential spread of the emerald ash borer more broadly in the Northland, we had no choice but to place this temporary ban at our facilities,” said Marianne Bohren, executive director of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District in a prepared statement. “Because it’s difficult for staff at our busy facilities to distinguish between various tree species, we’ve placed a complete ban on wood waste from Wisconsin.”

The state of Wisconsin has quarantined all ash logs, ash by-products and hardwood firewood, to prohibit its transfer out of the quarantined area.

Bohren said the WLSSD ban will help Wisconsin reduce the devastating impacts of emerald ash borer and prevent it from spreading into other areas of the region.

The WLSSD ban only applies to Wisconsin. WLSSD will continue to collect wood waste originating from Minnesota as well as leafy plant material — including lawn clippings, garden waste and leaves — from both states.

Wisconsin residents who are not in the quarantined areas can bring their brush and wood waste to Superior’s landfill on Moccasin Mike Road. Those in quarantined areas should consult with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on what to do with their wood materials.

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