Former Bountiful Mayor Elmer Barlow has spent his retirement years in sewage and garbage.

Barlow, a spry 80, retired from the wholesale produce business in 1976 after winning election to a four-year seat on the Bountiful City Council in November, 1975. Two years later he ran for mayor and won. In 1980, he was appointed to the board of directors of the South Davis Sewer District, a post he still holds.He retired from the City Council in December of 1981 and in January of the next year he was appointed financial and operations manager of the Bay Area Refuse Disposal, a post he held until February 1986.

Barlow says sewage and garbage are not the things most people think about or want to think about, but, he says, "they are two of the most critical areas of government concern. What to do with sewage and garbage in America has become a gigantic problem for many cities."

Future growth in population and business developments will necessitate many changes in the way people get rid of sewage and garbage. A county burn plant is being tried in Layton and every municipality but Bountiful is taking its garbage there. What cannot be burned is being taken to a nearby landfill, the Northern Area Refuse Disposal.

Barlow believes the burn plant is a mistake. "Half the garbage taken there including building materials and large appliances can't be burned and must be buried at NARD. Six municipalities quit using BARD in favor of using the burn plant. Bountiful is still using BARD and will probably be able to use it for another 50 years."