Feedback: Making The Regional Landfill Last Longer

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It's the beginning of the end of the original 78-acre regional landfill in Rodman. 

The final two storage cells, as they're called, have just opened.

"It's all been tested, all of the data collected from that was provided to the New York State DEC for their review and they ultimately gave us certification to start using it, and start placing waste in the cell," said Rich LeClerc, general manager, Development Authority of the North Country Solid Waste Management.

Cells 10 and 11 might not look like much, but some expensive technology lies underneath.

That's why they cost more than $6 million to build.

"There's a collection system underneath there for groundwater testing and for sampling and collection of the leachate underneath there," said Mark Tyo, environmental technician.

The two new cells extend the life of the landfill about ten years.

But not to worry, the Development Authority is planning to add 104 acres onto the landfill.

That should make the landfill last at least into the 2080s and possibly much longer.

"And as we continue our waste diversion goals toward more recycling, then we're anticipating the volume to continue to decline," said LeClerc.

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Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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