North Country Landfills
North Country Transfer Stations and Recyclable Handling and Recovery Facilities
The three active MSW landfills in the North Country are located in Franklin, Clinton, and Jefferson counties. Table 8-1 (on following page) shows the capacity of each of the landfills as of 2010. Based on the amount of waste each landfill is permitted to accept each year and the remaining permitted capacity of each landfill, these landfills have a combined minimum remaining permitted life of 42 years. Unless sustainable materials management measures are improved, the North Countryâ€™s landfills may reach capacity in a relatively short time period.
Sixty-nine active NYSDEC-registered transfer stations are located in the North Country region, as well as 36 active recyclable handling and recovery facilities. Table 8-2 (on p. 249) shows their distribution by county as of 2010. Where feasible, the use of these facilities can be expanded or improved upon to increase the capacity of the region to handle and sort recyclables, or process organic materials. Additionally, as new markets for materials handling and reuse develop, this may lead to greater opportunities for recyclable handling and recovery facilities.
Recycling Patterns In a study of solid waste composition conducted in 2010 for Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis counties, recyclables made up nearly 25% of the Metropolitan Solid Waste (MSW) stream. Source: (SCS 2011, Regional Solid Waste Management Plan. Prepared for the Development Authority of the North Country.)
North Country Region Sustainability Plan