Report finds tri-county trash authority could cut costs
William J. Kemble is reporting for the Times Union the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency on March 7, released a report recommending the creation of a regional public authority to oversee solid waste disposal in Greene, Ulster and Sullivan counties. The study, by Cornerstone Engineering and Land Surveying, recommended formation of the authority, but offered no long-term disposal solutions. The report recommends establishing either a seven- or 11-member board that would give Ulster County at least one more representative than Greene or Sullivan counties, based on population. The consultants did not provide a recommended budget for the tri-county authority. The report said Greene and Sullivan counties would save money by merging with the Ulster County trash agency to negotiate lower disposal costs. The cost savings for Greene County was estimated to be $116,000, based on the 59,000 tons of solid waste handled by the county in 2016. The consultants credited Ulster County with the highest rate of recycling among the three counties. Ulster recycles 10.41 percent the materials it receives, while Greene County's rate was 2.27 percent and Sullivan's was 7.48 percent. The consultants offered no recommendations for new methods of disposal or on opening a regional landfill. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.