Waste hauling could start in May

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard said Montgomery County could start bringing its waste to his county’s landfill in Mud Road in May.

“Technically, the date it would start is in the beginning of May,” Bouchard said Thursday.

But he said Montgomery County still has some things to clear up before transport of the first tons of its garbage, including “trucking issues.”

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 10 approved a 10-year deal with Montgomery County to allow it to dispose its waste at the Fulton County Landfill.

Officials said the deal expires Dec. 31, 2023, and Fulton County could realize at least $1 million per year in revenue, which will go back into the county Department of Solid Waste operation.

“We’re ready to take it,” Bouchard said. “They’re just getting through the permit [process].”

Bouchard said he doesn’t see any logistical problems either when Montgomery County starts taking his waste to the landfill.

“Not really,” he said. “I don’t see a very large impact with vehicles at all.”

About three 30-ton truck loads per day from Montgomery County are expected to dump at the town of Johnstown-based landfill.

Montgomery County will pay Fulton County about $33 per ton and an additional fee of between 12 percent and 15 percent, according to the agreement. Montgomery County will end up paying about $38 per ton to deposit about 25,000 to 30,000 tons of garbage annually.

Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rick Argotsinger said Monday that not only does $1 million a year in revenue help Fulton County financially and the deal fosters municipal cooperation, it also helps by adding waste the facility actually needs. He said gas generation for electricity will also be increased at the landfill.

Bouchard told supervisors last month the landfill last year used bulking and cover soils to balance the wet-dry proportions of incoming waste. He said these soils took up more than 52,000 cubic yards of space, contributed no revenue, and resulted in a loss of “valuable” space. He said Montgomery County’s waste will help reverse that trend by replacing soils.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.