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MN waste center bans Wisconsin brush, yard waste due to emerald ash borer

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - A waste center in Duluth Minnesota is banning all brush and yard waste from Wisconsin.

That’s after the tree-killing emerald ash borer was discovered in neighboring Superior.

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District’s yard waste compost site and materials recovery center has adopted what it calls a temporary ban on Wisconsin wood waste.

Director Marianne Bohren said her facility had no choice, because it must do its part to stop the spread of the ash borer. She says it’s hard for staff members to recognize certain tree species, so all of them from Wisconsin are being banned.

The emerald ash borer has hit southern and northeast Wisconsin hard over the past couple years, but last month was the first time it was discovered in the far north.

A quarantine was adopted in Douglas County – the normal procedure where the emerald ash borer turns up.

People cannot take firewood or other ash products out of the region, and local shippers of ash products must get certifications from the state that their products are pest free.