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Ontario County leaders find out that workshops, study will explore post-landfill future

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors will begin planning for the potential closure of the county landfill in 2028. The 389-acre facility in the town of Seneca will reach its capacity in five years, and its state operating permit and contract with landfill operator Casella Waste Services of Ontario LLC also expire in 2028.

The Seneca Town Board voted unanimously in October 2022 to recommend closure in 2028, and the Board of Supervisors’ Planning and Environmental Quality committee was informed at a meeting on Tuesday that planning for a possible closure will begin this year.

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“The county must decide what to do about the landfill, considering the town’s position and other factors,” said Carla Jordan, the county’s director of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management. “One big issue is to study landfill capacity in the region and state and determine the cost to county residents of having to dispose of household waste and recyclables at a place other than the county landfill.”

Jordan added that the department is working on the details of a request for proposals from professional firms to do a study. The county also plans to schedule a series of workshops with board members to discuss the impacts of landfill closure and the possibility of keeping it open beyond 2028. The county has access to 40 acres of additional land south of the existing landfill to expand.



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