Waste trucking benefits county

JOHNSTOWN — Montgomery County’s waste trucked to the Fulton County landfill during 2016 resulted in $1.77 million in revenue for Fulton County, about the same as the previous year.

Waste coming from their neighboring county to the south has been a boon to the financial situation of the Fulton County landfill in recent years.

The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste’s annual report for 2016 was released to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee last week. The committee approved the report at the County Office Building.

Statistical highlights from the report were made public by department Deputy Director Cindy Livingston. She couldn’t be reached this morning for comment.

The report showed Montgomery County waste brought in 46,690 tons and just over $1.77 million in revenue last year. The total was roughly the same as 47,980 tons brought in from Montgomery County for 2015.

Total waste tonnage received at the landfill was down slightly by 1,874 tons in 2016 from the year before, according to the annual report. Tonnage for 2016 was reported at 162,797 tons for 2016, compared to 164,671 tons of refuse and cover received in 2015. The landfill received 146,165 tons of municipal, commercial and industrial refuse in 2016, coupled with 16,632 tons of contaminated soils/alternate daily cover.

Disposal-related revenue for the county in 2016 totalled about $6.72 million.

Elsewhere in the annual report, it was noted large loads (25 tons or larger) brought in 13,258 tons and $530,309 in revenue.

All out-of-county contracts brought in $3.18 million for 2016. Officials said that funding was used to replenish Department of Solid Waste reserve accounts, which in turn helped prevent tipping fee increases.

Sales of electricity from the landfill’s gas-to-electric plant brought in over $225,000. The county has received over $1.17 million from electric sales in recent years.

A total of 12.1 million gallons of leachate was pumped at the landfill in 2016 — up 1.6 million gallons from 2015.

The report said the county Demolition Team razed 12 structures in 2016. A total of 113 have been taken down since the program started at the beginning of the century.

Recycling grants received totaled $115,428 last year.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

By Chad Fleck

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