Some Super Storm Sandy Debris Could Wind Up in Local Landfills
11/15/2012 11:14:09 AM
By Joe Nittler
Hurricane Sandy created tons and tons and tons of building debris that has to go some where. Ontario County Administrator John Garvey says one of the spots could be the Ontario County landfill in the Town of Seneca. Garvey tells us details are being discussed.
“We’re expecting the hurricane debris to come in for the next several weeks,” said Tom Hasek, Environmental Engineering & Compliance Manager for Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls. “We have been in constant communication with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, we’ve passed an Environmental Protection Agency evaluation for the project, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is on site to oversee the materials handling. Each load is screened for the removal of unacceptable items, such as electronics and white goods, (i.e., large appliances), for recycling and alternate disposal. Although we are but one of several facilities taking this waste, it’s still a tremendous effort, and I’m proud of our team for the level of excellence that’s going into this project.”
The company has also sent pallets of water and other supplies to assist the hurricane victims in Staten Island, and one member of its staff has traveled downstate to personally lend a hand.
“You don’t think about it until it happens, but the removal and management of this debris is an important step toward helping these families recover their lives,” said Don Gentilcore, Area Manager for Seneca Meadows. “We will continue to assist the State and federal agencies that are providing this relief in any way that we can.”