New York Comptroller Warns Municipalities of Landfill Costs
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning municipalities that run landfills to brace for increased costs.
A new report says locally owned active and closed landfills face nearly $300 million in estimated long term costs. China closing markets to many recyclables is expected to add to problem.
DiNapoli says owning a landfill can generate big revenue but also carries a big long-term price tag that local governments need to be aware of and plan to pay for long after the revenue stream has ended.
The report points out that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a Landfill Closure and Landfill Gas Management State Assistance Program that provides grants to local governments to close older inactive landfills or manage gas at active landfills. The catch is the program is funded at only $250,000 a year and there is a long waiting list.