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Takeaways from Casella’s 2015 OC Landfill Report

Rutland, Vt.-based Casella Waste Systems has released its 2015 landfill report, which highlights the amount of solid waste deposited, disposed and accepted in Ontario County, N.Y.

The landfill, which is permitted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to handle a total of 2,999 tons of waste a day, disposes of a number of different solid waste items, including asbestos, construction and demolition debris, industrial waste, mixed municipal solid waste and sewage treatment plant sludge.

Last year, only 8.2 percent of 907,092 tons of solid waste deposited at the Ontario County Landfill actually came from Ontario County, and the total solid waste amount for 2015 was less than 2014’s total of 911,095 tons.

One of the biggest takeaways that Casella reported was that there was no unauthorized waste received at the landfill in 2015.

Casella also posted its fourth quarter 2015 earnings last month, which revealed year-over-year revenue gains.

Here are the key highlights from the report:

  • The biggest customer for mixed municipal solid waste was Rockland County, which provided 302,966.9 tons of material or 46.4 percent of the total. Next was Monroe County, which provided 98,145.7 tons or 15.03 percent.
  • Ontario County provided 53,981.5 tons. Yates County provided 1.49 percent, Wayne County 1.42 percent and Seneca County, which hosts the state’s largest landfill in Seneca Meadows, 0.81 percent.
  • Mixed municipal solid waste came from 26 counties across the state, plus Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
  • The landfill collected an estimated 19.3 million gallons of leachate last year.
  • The landfill collected and used 168.5 tons of BUD materials in 2015.
  • Recycled materials came to the landfill’s recycling facility from 19 counties, the town of Potter in Yates County and various locations in Pennsylvania.
  • The market prices for recycled newsprint, glass, plastics, tin and metal, aluminum and cardboard are at an eight-year low.
  • The landfill collected 1.6 billion cubic feet of methane as a fuel for turbines that generated 63.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2015. Of that amount of electricity generated, 2.4 million kilowatt hours were used on site to operate the landfill.
  • The landfill has four gas flares to burn methane that cannot be collected, two open and two closed. The gas-to-energy plant on the site has 11 engines.
  • The gas is collected from 117 wells at the landfill.
  • Casella reported that the cost of closing the landfill and post-closure operation, maintenance and monitoring is estimated at $23.2 million over a 30-year period. 
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