New waste category eyed

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County officials are considering adding a new “out-of-county large load” category of waste received at the county landfill as a way to hike revenue for the operation.

“We’ll see if it actually entices people to come in [to the landfill],” Department of Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard said Tuesday. “I feel pretty comfortable we’ll get some.”

The Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee last week approved a proposed resolution to establish a new “out-of-county large load” category in the landfill tipping fee schedule. A rate of $40 per ton for municipal solid waste loads of 25 tons or greater was recommended.

The board must give final approval Aug. 12.

The Board of Supervisors in February 2011 authorized requests for proposals from haulers as a way to stabilize the rate structure. The RFP stipulated a minimum of 10,000 tons with a rate of $40 per ton, but the sole response received offered only $32 per ton and it was rejected by supervisors.

Bouchard updated the committee in June on waste quantities and quality and the need for additional landfill waste. The committee authorized Bouchard to research acceptance of out-of-county waste to “improve operational conditions and bring in revenue.”

Bouchard said the county continues to experience high sludge quantities, resulting in utilization of additional soils to meet operational requirements.

He said the landfill also needs to pursue select refuse required for the first 5 feet of debris to place on its new cell – an area of the landfill where waste is being deposited. Only municipal solid waste can be used for this first layer, and without additional refuse from other sources, Bouchard said, this would result in operational difficulties and higher costs from using additional soils.

Bouchard said the new out-of-county rate will help provide the select refuse, help give the county the proper percentage of waste to sludge and prevent using high volumes of on-site soils that bring no revenue while consuming valuable landfill space.

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