Increasing Waste Capacity At Chemung Co. Landfill Put On Hold

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There is good news for opponents of having more garbage come into the Chemung County Landfill.
 
There won’t be an increase in the amount waste coming in each year to the Chemung County Landfill any time soon.
 
Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen says it’s not because of a hold up in the state issuing a permit for the increase.
Their approval is expected any day now.
 
It’s because of a decline in the amount of waste being generated due to a slower economy and more recycling than when the expansion was first planned years ago.
 
The county owned landfill is operated by Casella Waste Systems.
 
The permit would allow an increase in the waste that can be accepted at the landfill to increase from the current 180-thousand to 417-thousand tons a year.
 
However Krusen says a change in the the lease with Casella, approved by the County Legislature Monday night, will delay that increase until the need and marketplace warrant it.
 
The original lease required Casella to pay the county three million dollars a year.
 
Monday night’s change will reduce that to about $2.5-million.
 

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