Bi-county waste deal moves along

JOHNSTOWN – Montgomery County has been bringing its waste to the Fulton County landfill since May with few problems, Fulton County Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard said Monday.

“It’s going very well,” the county official said from his office at the Mud Road facility.

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.

Bouchard said there was much paperwork to clear up in the beginning of the deal. But Montgomery County is now settled in as one of Fulton County’s outside waste contracts, he said.

“It’s really in the startup [mode],” he said.

Bouchard said private contractor Gotta Do Contracting of Jordan, Onondaga County, has been collecting trash and hauling it away from Montgomery County’s two transfer stations in Amsterdam and Sprakers to the Fulton County landfill in the town of Johnstown.

He said he doesn’t have any real data yet to measure how deposit of Montgomery County’s waste is going so far. He said he hopes to have a three-month report together by the end of July. He said three months of data should give his county a better idea of how the new contract is fairing.

When the deal was made earlier this year, it was estimated about three 30-ton truck loads per day from Montgomery County were expected to be dumped at the Fulton County landfill.

Montgomery County is paying 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.

The Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority had been managing trash disposal for those three counties since 1989. Over the years, the counties complained about the cost of MOSA and decided to end the agreement with the solid waste authority once the contract ended. Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the dissolution of MOSA early this year.