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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 aluminum cans

But all that could change.

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors Planning & Environmental Quality Committee approved a resolution Monday to apply for a research, development and demonstration permit from the state to operate an organics de-packaging operation at the county landfill.

Casella Waste Services, operator of the 389-acre landfill, requested approval from the county in January to apply to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit to establish and operate a 12-month pilot project within the existing Material Recovery Facility building at the landfill.

The project would separate packaged food, beverages and other organic material from their packaging and send the separated material to off-site anaerobic digesters.

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