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Garbage: Feeding the Engine

The business of garbage was discussed at the June 2 Town of North Hempstead Council meeting and the villages were given an extension in time to decide whether or not they will transport their garbage to the town or make other arrangements for solid waste disposal. A new agreement between the entities would go into effect in May 2010.

The new contract, yet to be signed, between the town and the villages allows villages to “opt in or opt out” of utilizing the town’s transfer station. During the meeting, the council voted to extend the deadline from July 1 to August 1 giving the villages more time to consider the town’s proposal and shop for alternative deals. Under the new contract, a village could opt out, but could opt back in if they do so by December 2009.

The contract, as currently written, sets a tipping fee of $88 per ton in the first year. The base rate is $78 and $10 is added to cover the town’s administrative costs. Some villages have reported that they have been given lower bids from private companies of $68 a ton. Supervisor Jon Kaiman said that he was leery of such bids on the “spot market” stating that those fees were probably not sustainable for the long term.

Flow control of garbage gives municipalities a reliable source of revenue to operate their facilities, get the best deal with private carters from an economy of scale and meet state and federal requirements for recycling and hazardous waste disposal.

If a village opts out of transporting their waste to the town, residents of that village would no longer be allowed to take advantage of the town’s drop-off for electronic waste and the STOP (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) initiative which has recently started taking outdated or unwanted pharmaceuticals.