Ontario County, city and town of Canandaigua thinking green in 2019

The Ontario County landfill is set to close in 2028, but efforts to reduce and divert solid waste sent to the landfill in Seneca are alive and in some cases, thriving, in areas of the county and city and town of Canandaigua.

Those efforts as well as other sustainable efforts in the communities were the top topics at the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the County, City and Town at the New York Kitchen on Wednesday morning.

County Administrator Mary Krause, Mayor Ellen Polimeni and Town Supervisor Cathy Menikotz spoke on the topics as well as other programs and concerns and issues for 2019.

The state has enacted a ban on plastic bags effective next March, but in addition to encouraging the use of reusable bags and totes, counties and cities have the opportunity to opt in to enact a 5-cent paper bag fee.

The Board of Supervisors will soon decide what to do, although Krause noted that Wegmans and the counties of Livingston and Monroe are not in support of paper bags

The county, through its new Department of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management, is at work planning for how to handle and divert solid waste in the future as well as studying how best to replace that county revenue once the landfill is closed.

“It will be here before you know it,” Krause said.

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