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Ash For Trash Contract Released, Lawmakers Expected to Consider Proposal in June

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The proposed contract between Cortland and Onondaga Counties that would allow the counties to swap ash for trash has been released. The proposed agreement does not include a tonnage penalty that had initially been discussed.

The contract includes an even swap of ash for trash.

Cortland County would accept between 17 and 35 thousand tons of ash annually and in turn send the same amount of trash for incineration. Any ash above that amount Cortland County would be paid $14.50 per ton with a $2.50 per ton environmental program support fee added on top. The fee is intended to help Cortland County improve its recycling programs.

The contract calls for an initial 10-year term with two 5 year optional extensions.

Cortland County Legislator Tom Hartnett Chairs the County Solid Waste Committee and e says the contract is a good deal for the county and taxpayers.

Cortland County has struggled for years with losses at the landfill and the county recycling center. Last year the operation lost nearly a half million dollars. Those losses can be attributed to low tonnage and high debt payments on previous expansions.

Hartnett says this agreement stabilize the finances and provide some additional revenue that could be used to improve solid waste operations in the county. The county expects to see a $22 thousand dollar per year profit from the swap.

Cortland and Onondaga County lawmakers are expected to issue a final vote on the environmental impact of the project in early June after that time they can consider the contract.

Opponents of the partnership have raised concerns about environmental impacts.

Read the contract here: 4-22-15_Draft_SOLID_WASTE_AGREEMENT_WITH_CORTLAND_COUNTY

A summary of the contract can be found here: Summary of Cortland OCRRA Agreement 4-23-15

A revenue and expense analysis of the partnership can be found here. Revenue, Expense Analysis

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