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Boston looking for ideas on snow disposal

Where are we going to put it?
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Where are we going to put it?

Desperate to clear away the excess snow that’s crippled the region, Boston officials are asking the public to conjure up creative ways to dispose of it — and fast.

In a statement Tuesday, Bonnie McGilpin, press secretary for Mayor Martin J. Walsh, said the city’s Office of New Urban Mechanics is seeking input on solutions that will help officials make headway against huge piles of snow on the ground.

“They’ve reached out to professors from local universities and companies in the state’s innovation economy,” McGilpin said.

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So far, to clear away the snow that’s been dumped on Boston by the latest storms, workers have utilized special snow-melting machines that vaporize the white powder and reduce it to water at a rate of 400 tons per hour.

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Officials have also been stockpiling snow at five “snow farms,” which are essentially vacant lots. Walsh has also contacted state environmental leaders about dumping snow into the harbor, if necessary, as yet another storm approaches Thursday.

With few other options, McGilpin said anyone with an innovative idea, product, or approach should get in touch.

Walsh’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, which describes itself as a civic innovation group under the mayor’s administration, forms partnerships with residents, educators, and entrepreneurs, seeking to solve common problems and improve city life and services.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.