The city of Auburn landfill will be at capacity in about two years. When that time comes, the city plans to close and cap the 20-acre landfill and convert the site to a transfer station.
City officials will then be looking to take the trash brought to the transfer station to another area landfill. Seneca Meadows in Seneca Falls and the Ontario County Landfill in the town of Seneca will be approached to offer a price to take the Auburn solid waste.
Mike Talbot, Auburn superintendent of public works, said the city also will look at the High Acres Landfill on the Monroe-Wayne County border and landfills in Chemung and Broome counties in the Southern Tier. “We’ll be looking at which landfill will offer us the best price. That will include the tipping fee and the transportation cost of getting the trash there,” Talbot said. Talbot told the Auburn City Council of the situation Thursday. “We’re a pretty small landfill. We’re permitted to take up to 96,000 tons a year, but take about 60,000 tons annually on the average,” Talbot said.
He said the landfill handles waste collected by the city sanitation department and from three or so private haulers who serve Cayuga County.
Talbot said an estimated 116,000 tons of trash can be placed in the landfill before it reached capacity, resulting in the two-year life expectancy estimate. Plans are for a 4,400-square-foot transfer station to be placed near the Auburn landfill.
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