Perinton landfill to address community frustrations

September 19, 2018 04:15 PM

Town of Perinton officials announced Wednesday that Waste Management has agreed to formally change the way they do business at High Acres Landfill. 

This comes after members of the Conservation Board expressed dissatisfaction with odors at the High Acres landfill that have frustrated neighbors for more than a year now.

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“I know there is still a lot of work to do,’’ said Town of Perinton Supervisor Mike Barker. “But I’m pleased with the progress that has been made and we will remain vigilant in this matter.”

The town and waste management are currently working to complete a timeframe to accomplish the following measures:
•    Agreeing to conduct a study centered on the effectiveness of odor mitigation measures for Municipal Solid Waste materials delivered to the landfill by both truck and rail. The study will identify and recommend, as necessary, the implementation of additional odor mitigation measures with the goal to reduce garbage odors overall, especially during dumping activities.
•    Installing enhanced de-odorizing mist barrier systems around the working face and perimeter of the landfill.
•    Providing annual fill progression plans that demonstrate sufficient constructed capacity to allow for various fill scenarios and enhanced operational flexibility.
•    Adopting formal procedures to gauge odor intensity/duration using American Society for Testing and Materials standards.
•    Implementing real time response and verification of odor complaints by a trained third-party consultant (using the newly adopted procedures noted above).
•    Conducting bi-weekly coordination meetings with Town, Waste Management and NYSDEC staff to discuss ongoing landfill operations.
•    Requiring Waste Management and NYSDEC staff to address any landfill deficiencies determined to contribute to odors within specific timeframes.
•    Ensuring continued monitoring for H2S and methane as recommended by the Town of Perinton Conservation Board.
•    Developing specific engineered plans for tying the working face back into the membrane covered side slopes of Cells 10 and 11.  
•    Evaluating, identifying and implementing any other operational and/or technical measures that will further mitigate landfill odors (including emerging/future best management practices and/or technologies).

The Town of Perinton says additional measures outside of those that are listed may be necessary. 


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