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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:56 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

KODIAK, Alaska - A proposal to compost sewage waste from Kodiak's treatment plant is drawing objections from neighbors.

The island city is attempting to dispose of biosolids that will not be permitted in the Kodiak Island Borough landfill after Dec. 15.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror ( reports the city considered expensive options such as burning waste or shipping it off the island.

The city instead is considering a public-private partnership with a forester who would use wood chips to compost the waste. The composting would be modeled after a successful program in Fairbanks.

The city is waiting for approval by the state but homeowners who live near the composting area say they don't want it.

They say there could be heavy metals contamination or an infestation of rats.

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