County Lawmakers Approve Contract to Accept Alternative Cover at The Landfill
The Cortland County Legislative Solid Waste Committee has approved a contract with a firm to bring in alternative cover material for the landfill, the move is intended to help reduce ongoing expenses at the facility.
Lawmakers have approved a contract with Advanced Resource Management out of Geneva New York to bring in the cover material. The company has agreed to pay Cortland County $16.80 Per Ton of material that is brought to the landfill.
The material can include petroleum contaminated soils, construction debris, incinerator ash, and rubber. The county is required to cover waste deposited in the landfill each day to control odors as well as to prevent the waste from leaving the landfill.
Currently, the county spends about $80 thousand dollars a year mining shale and dirt to use for as cover. This change is expected to eliminate that cost and generate about 84 thousand dollars a year in revenue. The county can only use about 5 thousand tons of alternative cover per year.
The company must post a 24 thousand dollar insurance bond and must certify the material is not contaminated.
Lawmakers approved the acceptance of the alternative cover back in August, previous attempts to bring in the cover material were tied to plans to allow outside trash to be brought in as well. Members of the public along with some legislators raised concerns about the impacts of the additional trash on the landfill as well as the extra truck traffic.
While the committee has approved the use of alternative cover, a plan to explore a flow control law, which requires all trash generated in the County be brought to the landfill was met with a luke-warm reception.
Solid Waste Chair John Troy says the committee will continue to look at the proposal, but is not confident it will be supported by the full legislature. The county has received over 3 thousand signatures in support of a flow control law.
The county continues to lose money on the landfill; last year those losses topped $400 thousand dollars.