Officials release draft of new Solid Waste Management Plan

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CANASTOTA — The Madison County Department of Solid Waste released a draft of its updated local Solid Waste Management Plan that will focus on the next 10 years of solid waste disposal and recycling in the county.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation requires local planning units to update and modify solid waste and recycling efforts prior to their expiration date; the county’s current solid waste management plan is set to expire at the end of 2020.

Since the inception of the first plan in 1990, Madison County has continued to meet the milestones outlined in the plan and incorporate new components to expand recycling efforts and divert solid waste from going into the landfill, officials said. The new plan focuses on the continuation of the main landfill disposal system, improvement of current recycling efforts for materials such as paper and containers through educational programming, and the handling of other items such as electronics and household hazardous waste through special programs, officials said.

The county plans to expand on the past solid waste management plan by concentrating on public education through targeted recycling campaigns, school presentations, and backyard composting workshops.

County residents and businesses are encouraged to review the plan and provide feedback, official said, adding that public comments must be received by Thursday, Sept. 20.

In addition, the Solid Waste Department will hold a public information meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. to summarize the plan and accept public comments.

The meeting will be held electronically via Zoom, however, residents can also register to participate in-person. More information will be available on the Department of Solid Waste website.

After the public comment period ends, department officials will finalize the draft plan and then submit it to the DEC for review.

To access the draft plan and to learn more about the public meeting, go online to www.MadisonCountyRecycles.ny.gov or call the department’s main office at 315-361-8408.

Public comments should be emailed to sw@madisoncounty.ny.gov or mailed to PO Box 27, Wampsville NY 13163.

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