Solid waste rules

By ANNEMARIE SCHEUTZ
Posted 12/16/20

MONTICELLO, NY — Tempting as it is to put an exclamation point after that headline, we will refrain. (Although solid waste is pretty interesting). 

But if you ever wondered about the …

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MONTICELLO, NY — Tempting as it is to put an exclamation point after that headline, we will refrain. (Although solid waste is pretty interesting). 

But if you ever wondered about the guidelines behind solid waste and its disposal, you can find the answers online. (They’ve been there, but maybe you’ve only just started thinking about it.) 

At the December 11 public works meeting, the new solid waste rules were revealed. The only real change, as department head Ed McAndrew noted, is that per-bag fees have increased from $2 to $3 and the tipping fee has gone up to $110 per ton. 

But seriously, the rules. If you’ve just started contemplating solid waste, or you’re new to the county, this is important. What constitutes bulky scrap metal? It’s here. What’s construction/demolition debris? Also here. And a question of high importance, what is household hazardous waste? Or what is a large dead animal? (Over 25 pounds. See, I told you this is great stuff to know.) Of the mess that comes out of your yard, what’s officially yard waste? (Not the unpleasant pieces of plastic or the cans that passing motorists have thrown in your garden.)

And there are the questions concerning facilities: What do the recycling places take? 

The trucks. “Vehicles shall be free from leaks and fully enclosed to prevent odor or litter.”

A list of prohibited activities. Discussion of fees. Solid waste disposal is an important topic here in the country, and the rules are a good place to start learning more. 

And here they are, beginning on page 23: www.bit.ly/scwaste51.

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