News : Green on white Firms tackle winter clean-up without sacrificing environment

Feb 20, 2013

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Heikki Perry

DOVER — As difficult as it was earlier in the week for crews to remove as much as 30 inches of snow in Seacoast towns, three area businesses took extra steps to ensure that in removing the snow they did not harm the environment.

Dover-based Wade Landscaping prides itself on being an innovative, environmentally conscious landscaping company, an ethos that carries over to its winter operations.

“We haul all snow we move to a designated snow storage area, said Brian Wade, owner of Wade Landscaping. “We do this in the spring. We can sweep a parking lot and dispose of the remains as hazardous materials. We also make sure that any snow that is stacked be kept away from waterways, drainage, etc., due to the presence of possible contaminants, which include oil and antifreeze. Of course all of our equipment runs on bio diesel and we have an anti-idling policy.”

Eliot, Maine-based Suntree Tree Healthcare, part of Piscataqua Landscaping Company, removes snow in southernmost Maine and across the border in New Hampshire in towns such as Dover. Manger Chris Kemp also employs green techniques to remove snow, but he does so, he said, with a caveat.

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