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Seneca county seeks long-term solution for hazardous waste collection

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Seneca County is considering a shift from its annual approach to managing household hazardous waste collection days to a more stable, three-year contract, aiming to enhance efficiency and reduce costs.

For over two decades, the county has facilitated a free collection day for its residents, traditionally supported by yearly bids sought for waste collection and disposal services. This year, based on a recommendation from Health Department Director Scott King, the county is looking to secure a multi-year contract for the service spanning 2024 to 2026.

The Board of Supervisors’ Health and Human Services Committee endorsed the proposal on February 27, recognizing the potential financial benefits of a longer-term agreement. By partnering with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which covers half of the event’s cost through a grant, Seneca County hopes to achieve significant savings. The move to solicit bids for a three-year contract also opens the possibility of scheduling the event in the summer, deviating from its traditional autumn timing.

The proposal for the three-year contract will be reviewed by the full Board of Supervisors for final approval on March 12.

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