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 pilot project.

The board last Thursday passed resolutions related to the plan, but not before lengthy and heated discussion. Concerns with traffic, odor and what — if anything — the county should get financially from the deal were all raised before the votes.

“Given the engineering reports, I have significant concerns over Casella’s ability to manage the existing projects on site,” Geneva City Supervisor Lou Guard said Monday. Guard was one of four supervisors voting against the permit application.

“I have no confidence in the Casella corporation. The county is giving them too long a leash with this,” he said.

The other “no” votes on record with the county are from Geneva City Supervisor Dom Vedora; Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti; and East Bloomfield Town Supervisor Fred Wille. (Absent from Thursday’s meeting and votes were Phelps Town Supervisor Norm Teed and Gorham Town Supervisor Fred Lightfoote.)

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