ROUSES POINT - The village compost facility on Lily Avenue has been closed until further notice.
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, as of Oct. 14, "all open burning is prohibited in New York," with a few exceptions.
Mayor George A. Rivers said due to the DEC passing this regulation, the facility needed to be closed, as they regularly burned the brush. The decision to close the facility was discussed during the Oct. 19 village board meeting.
"We can't [burn] anymore, so we can't collect the brush," said Rivers. "Well, with the compost being together, we've closed it for the time being until we can come up with a plan to reopen the compost part of it."
The mayor estimates the compost will reopen in the spring.
"We're working on some things right now and just as soon as we can get them together, hopefully, we can get it open again," he said.
When the facility reopens, Rivers is adamant it will be for village of Rouses Point residents only, as people from outside the village have abused the compost by putting in paint cans and wooden pallets.