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Activists blast landfill expansion

"I want to know why it filled up so fast," Jackson said. "Right now garbage is a money-making proposition."

Nicholas J. D'Antonio, commissioner of the Albany City Department of General Services said the landfill is required to limit its intake to 1,050 tons per day, and so far there has been no plan to raise that number.

He said the landfill takes in close to $11 million per year for Albany City.

He added that the tipping rates were raised in June from $40 to $47.67 per ton, and a change in that number could alter the total funds generated from the landfill.

"The market dictates where we should be as far as tipping," D'Antonio added.

Colonie resident Tom Lutz said the city is looking for too much more room.

"They're looking for a whopping 23 acres," he said. "It's a sizable footprint. It looks like its just a money-making scheme."

Lutz said he is fearful the city will bring trash from other areas outside of the Capital District, specifically Downstate.

D'Antonio said that there is currently no plan to add Downstate localities to the landfill.

He responded to critics of the landfill citing it as something that saves taxpayers money.

"We would be criticized if, in fact, we didn't make money and cost the taxpayers money. We're running a good operation. You can't have it both ways," he said.

Lutz also said he is concerned with trash towers that could be located on site that would reach as tall as 400 feet.

He recommended that some of the municipalities consider using a newer landfill, such as the one recently located in Washington County.

Lutz said he has brought the matter to the attention of those in his town and some have responded. Colonie does not use the landfill.

"It could cause odors that could go a considerable distance," including parts of Colonie, he said.

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