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Colonie, Guilderland talk trash

As the City of Albany plans the expansion of its landfill, one of its customers is planning to bring its waste elsewhere.

Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion said the town has entered into discussions with the Town of Colonie to use its landfill located near Boght Road in the Northeastern corner of town.

Runion said Guilderland has been searching for an alternate location to dump its trash for years, and an opportunity recently presented itself.

We've been looking for a long period of time, and when this opportunity arose, we had to jump on it, Runion said.

He cited the recent expansion of the Rapp Road landfill, owned by the City of Albany as one of the reasons the town is looking to take its garbage elsewhere.

He said the expansion is going into lands that could potentially become Pine Bush Preserve lands.

"It's against what we're trying to achieve here," he said.

Runion said the town has looked at sites in Seneca and other western New York areas, and although they have been environmentally sound, the transportation costs were too great.

Runion said Colonie's landfill "is run in an environmentally friendly" fashion and noted the cost of using their landfill would be close to the same as using Albany's.

The tentative four-year agreement calls for $55 per ton on residential trash the first two years and $56 per ton the second two years. Guilderland was paying $52 per year to the City of Albany.

Runion said, though, construction waste that cost $80 per ton with Albany, will cost $60 per ton with Colonie, and that rate will remain constant for four years.

The town dumps about 1,500 tons of residential trash and 1,500 tons of construction waste each year, Runion said.

He said the costs for transportation will be more, but overall the cost of the switch would be a wash.

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