Cortland County Recycling Center Operator Proposes Battery Recycling in Exchange For Equipment Lease
Cortland County lawmakers are considering leasing out equipment at the County Recycling Center to Casella Waste Services which currently operates the facility. In exchange Casella would implement a battery recycling program for residents.
Yesterday lawmakers on the County Solid Waste Committee approved the lease agreement which calls for Casella to begin accepting household batteries at the county owned recycling center in exchange the company will use the county’s bailing equipment at the recycling center free of charge.
Initially Casella had proposed leasing the bailer for $750 a month, but based on the costs associated with the battery recycling program suggested that the county swap the rental fee in exchange for the increase in service.
Residents will be allowed to drop off batteries, Casella employees will have to manually sort the batteries. Rechargeable batteries will be sent to a company who will pay the county $1.50 per pound, alkaline or single use batteries will cost the county; the cost and credit are expected to wash eachother out.
County Legislative Chair Mike Park said he supports the proposal. Park says if the county enters an agreement with Onondaga County to trade local solid waste for incinerator ash, the batteries must come out of the local waste stream as they are prohibited for incineration. If the county does not move ahead with the trash for ash deal the DEC is expected to require the batteries be collected in the future as part of new regulations for landfills.
The battery program and lease agreement must still pass the full legislature.