Montgomery County may seek landfill deal with Fulton County

FONDA- Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort wants the county Legislature to endorse an agreement to send garbage to the Fulton County Landfill.

Montgomery County’s arrangement with the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority comes to an end on April 30 and the county is looking for a new way to dispose of trash.

Under a potential 10-year agreement between Fulton and Montgomery counties, Montgomery County would pay Fulton County $33 per ton of garbage and an additional fee of between 12 and 15 percent to send garbage to the Fulton County Landfill, Ossenfort said.

“The new agreement secures our waste disposal for 10 years and gives us time to develop our long-term solid waste strategy for the next 20, 30, 40 years,” he said. “We need to start thinking about the future and this allows us time to do that. And also, hopefully, this will reduce cost as far as hauling because it’s less expensive to haul closer to home. We also feel this is a fair rate and hopefully allows us to lower some of our rates as we move forward with our transfer stations. We think this certainly sets us up for success in the short-term and long-term for waste in the county.”

Ossenfort said the agreement would go into effect May 1.

The Montgomery County Legislature will meet tonight to discuss the agreement.

Fulton County officials have not said whether they will approve the agreement.