Cortland County’s Solid Waste Committee met Tuesday morning (August 6) and approved expenditures totaling nearly $290K on new machinery deemed necessary to take over the recycling program from Casella Waste Management in January.
The full Legislature decided the county would take back control of its recycling program back in December
Items approved on Tuesday include a walking floor trailer, skid steer and heavy duty stationary skid steer, heavy-duty stationary compactor and an elevated garbage-handling conveyor system.
Each of these purchases are expected to be half-covered with a 50% cash match from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Highway Superintendent Charles Sudbrink says the remainder will come from a budget reserve account, with no additional allocation needed.
The committee also approved the construction of a shelter at the leachate pump station, which will be used to keep workers and equipment warm during the winter.
Tuesday’s resolution will now be up for consideration by the full Legislature at the monthly session on August 22.