Ontario BOS committee approves use of Casella landfill expansion payments

The Planning & Environmental Quality Committee of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan on how to use payments it will receive from the operator of the county landfill this year and in 2020.

Casella Waste Services agreed in 2015 to make annual payments to the county totaling $18.3 million over the next 14 years, at $1.3 million a year, to help the county implement its 2014 Solid Waste Management Plan.

The payments are the result of Casella and the county successfully obtaining a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to expand the Ontario County Landfill in the town of Seneca by 43.5 acres. The expansion was approved by the DEC in 2015 and is taking place within the existing landfill footprint.

The expansion would extend the life of the landfill until 2028.

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