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Geneva considers new recycling, disposal options for post-landfill future

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Geneva officials are considering a new recycling and disposal station to be built behind the Town Hall, spanning over 10 acres of land, in preparation for the expected closure of the Ontario County landfill in 2028.

The current transfer station, located at 32 White Springs Road, shares space with the town highway, water, and sewer departments and is running out of space. Town Supervisor Mark Venuti said they are looking into what they would need, how much space, cost, grant funding available, and how to be ready when the landfill closes.

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Venuti and Jacob Fox, the town’s sustainability coordinator, are working with Cornell University’s Design Connect team, a student-run community design organization, to come up with a plan.

Design Connect previously worked with the town six or seven years ago and produced a quality product at little or no cost, according to Venuti.

The upgraded transfer station would lead to the co-location of reuse initiatives, recycling, food scrap collection, and waste consolidation in a central facility. Venuti emphasized that the reuse of materials would be prioritized, followed by recycling or composting, with waste being a last resort.