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Geneva, Canandaigua may get money for recycling

Geneva, Canandaigua may get money for recycling
Since 2015, Ontario County has received $1.3 million a year from Casella Waste Services to use in implementing the county’s state-approved Solid Waste Management Plan. Because Casella and the county were successful in obtaining a new operating permit that extends the life of the Ontario County Landfill until 2028, thanks to a 43.5-acre expansion, an agreement was reached to have... more

Mistrust plagues plan for Ontario County landfill

Mistrust plagues plan for Ontario County landfill
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors gave the OK for its landfill manager to pursue a year-long experiment at the county landfill for depackaging food waste — expired canned goods, dairy products and such. Pending a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Casella Waste Management Systems Inc. would import an additional 10,000 tons of material for the 12-month... more

Ontario Co. committee to hear final landfill odor reports

Ontario Co. committee to hear final landfill odor reports
The two consulting firms hired to study the odor problem at the Ontario County Landfill will make their final reports Monday to the Board of Supervisors Planning and Environmental Quality Committee. Casella Waste Services, operator of the 389-acre landfill, has hired a consultant to examine the sources of the odor, what Casella has been doing to mitigate the odor and... more

Committee may recommend renewal of landfill air permit in Ontario Co.

Committee may recommend renewal of landfill air permit in Ontario Co.
Casella Waste Systems wants to apply to renew the state Title V air permit for the Ontario County Landfill. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requires air permits to be renewed every five years. If the county’s Planning and Environmental Quality Committee approves the application at its 1:30 p.m. Monday meeting, the resolution will go to the full Board... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Casella says new open-flame flare coming to landfill

Casella says new open-flame flare coming to landfill
Motorists going by the Ontario County Landfill in a few weeks may see an open-flame gas flare burning near the landfill’s gas-to-energy plant. Casella Waste Systems officials said that Aria Energy, the company that owns and operates the gas plant, has obtained a permit for a new trim flare that will be going online within the next few weeks. Unlike... more

Board of Ethics: No conflict for solid waste director in Ontario County

Board of Ethics: No conflict for solid waste director in Ontario County
The Ontario County Board of Ethics has issued an advisory opinion that county Director of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management Carla Jordan does not have a conflict of interest. After questions were raised, Supervisor Kristine Singer, R-Canadice, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors Planning & Environmental Quality Committee, asked the Board of Ethics to look into Jordan’s prior employment as... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Henderson brothers talk leading Brighton PD, Ontario Co. Sheriff’s Office

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Henderson brothers talk leading Brighton PD, Ontario Co. Sheriff’s Office
It’s not often that brothers share a career path. In this case, while not precisely the same – Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson and Brighton PD Chief of Police Mark Henderson have not only followed a similar career trajectory – but have grown to lead two important agencies in the region. This week they discuss modern policing together, talk about... more

Committee set to apply for permit for organics depackaging project in Canandaigua

Committee set to apply for permit for organics depackaging project in Canandaigua
Packaged food and beverage products unsuitable for resale are collected by garbage trucks end up in a landfill. Those include out-of-code, off-specification, damaged or expired dairy products in plastic tubs, fruits and vegetables in steel cans, fruit jams and concentrates in plastic bottles, ice cream in fiber cartons, pasta sauces in glass jars, and carbonated beverages in plastic bottles or... more

Engineers cite odor causes, solutions for Ontario County landfill

Engineers cite odor causes, solutions for Ontario County landfill
Engineers for Ontario County and its landfill manager Casella Waste Systems offered no surprises Wednesday in presenting draft findings targeting odor control at the landfill in the town of Seneca. Ripening landfill odor over the last six months has right along been attributed to several main culprits: Overabundance of wet sewage sludge, an ineffective gas collection system and insufficient covering... more

Town Board to authorize audit of Casella 2018 landfill payments

Town Board to authorize audit of Casella 2018 landfill payments
The town receives $1.7 to $1.9 million a year for hosting the Ontario County Landfill. Tuesday, the Town Board will authorize an independent audit of the 2018 payments from Casella Waste Services, operator of the 389-acre landfill on Routes 5&20, to make sure they correspond with the amount of solid waste disposed of at the landfill last year. Typically, there... more

Life beyond landfill: Ontario County looks beyond 2028

Life beyond landfill: Ontario County looks beyond 2028
The operation and management lease of the Ontario County Landfill by Casella Waste Services is scheduled to end in 2028. But county officials want to start making plans for that day now. The Board of Supervisors Planning & Environmental Quality Committee voted 4-1 Monday to approve a motion calling for presentation of a draft strategic plan no later than Sept.... more

Engineers to reveal odor findings for Ontario County landfill

Engineers to reveal odor findings for Ontario County landfill
Supervisors will learn this month what engineers found in their investigation of stench from the Ontario County landfill. The Planning and Environmental Quality Committee will review a report from SCS Engineers the county hired in December, along with findings by an independent consultant hired by landfill manager Casella Waste Systems at a special meeting April 24. At issue is landfill... more

Mantius, Durso appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues exposed by digester report

Mantius, Durso to appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues
Last week, FingerLakes1.com brought you reporting from Peter Mantius, Investigative Environmental Reporter & Founder of The Water Front Blog, which highlighted the untimely exit of a digester manager in Cayuga County. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he... more

Deputies: Man charged with assault after incident at Casella’s in Seneca

Deputies: Man charged with assault after incident at Casella’s in Seneca
Deputies arrested a Syracuse man on assault charges after an incident at Casella’s. On Friday at approximately 4:59 a.m. deputies arrested Elrheiaam C. Thomas, 45, of Syracuse – charging him with assault. The arrest took place following an investigation into an incident located on County Road 49 in the Town of Seneca. Thomas was transported to the Ontario County Jail... more

Odor reporting portal launches online for local landfills

Odor reporting portal launches online for local landfills
A local duo is taking a new approach to odor collection for those who are smelling two of the largest landfilling operations in the Finger Lakes. Complaints about the Ontario County Landfill and Seneca Meadows Landfill have been seen wide- and far on social media. Jackie Augustine and Jeff Henderson, the local duo behind the Seneca7 running relay, are convinced... more

Casella plans to send Ontario County Landfill leachate by rail to Ohio

Casella plans to send Ontario County Landfill leachate by rail to Ohio
For years, the city of Canandaigua wastewater treatment plant has handled leachate generated at the Ontario County Landfill, which is eight miles away. That may change. Casella Vice President & Assistant General Council Shelley Sayward told the Ontario County Board of Supervisors Planning and Environmental Quality Committee Monday that she is working on a contract to have most of the... more

Landfill sludge to drop for six months at Ontario County landfill

Landfill sludge to drop for six months at Ontario County landfill
Landfill manager Casella Waste Systems Inc. plans to limit the amount of sewage sludge coming into the Ontario County landfill to 8 percent for the next six months. The announcement at Monday’s meeting of the county Planning and Environmental Quality Committee came as part of a number of measures Casella pledged in addressing ongoing odor complaints. Stench from the landfill... more
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