Delaware County has broken ground for an expansion at its Solid Waste Management Center & Compost Facility in Walton.
“The new facility will allow the county to double the capacity of output,” Solid Waste Management Director Sue McIntyre said.
Other benefits of the new facility include state-of-the-art equipment, the provision of an up-to-date work environment for employees, and freed up space near the landfill. The building will rest on a lower level portion of the 192-acre county owned property.
The new building is being constructed near the compost facility.
“This frees up premium landfill space where the old building sits,” said McIntyre.
“The Walton plant has received recyclables since the 1970s, however, the county began taking advantage of a centralized operation in 1991,” said McIntyre. “Recyclables can generate $150,000 per year for the county.”
“The current recycling center has obsolesced,” said McIntyre. “Not only is the building space limited, but the 20-year old processing equipment is losing its functionality.”
Delaware County has been recycling number 1 and 2 plastics, along with paper and glass.
“In the new facility, we will be able to handle number 1 through 7 plastics,” said McIntyre.
New equipment will also be able to handle co-mingled materials easier.
Co-mingled materials means the recyclables can be delivered in a mix of bottles, glass, paper, cardboard, yet still be sorted at the plant.
“To be able to handle mingled materials is a convenience for the collectors and haulers,” said McIntyre.
Engineers have designed a 22,000-square-foot building, with a mezzanine and attached offices, totaling 27,000 square feet. It will house new conveyors, a new baler, and new handling and processing equipment. Completion is scheduled for the fall.
The project cost is $7.5 million.
“$1.1 million in grant monies has been secured from the state,” said McIntyre. “We’ve applied for another $300,000 to further offset the costs.”
Municipal law requires the work to be broken out into three different contracts.
“The general contractor, LeChase Construction, has set up to begin working along with the electrical contractor, Nelcorp Company,” said McIntyre. “The mechanical contractor, Petcosky and Sons, will join in when the heating and bathrooms need to installed.”
All contractors work out of Binghamton.
“The new facility also allows greater latitude for the long term,” said McIntyre. “Not only is the facility a better opportunity, but also the area around the building can accommodate transportation.”
Recyclables are sold, “free on board,” when the buyer transports them away from the facility. The county delivers agricultural plastics for recycling.
Looking ahead, Delaware County Waste management expects to be able to accommodate up to 8,000 tons of recycled materials annually at the new facility.
“The market is strong,” said McIntyre. “Prices around the world affect the marketplace; however, going on today’s prices, the county can expect recyclables to bring in between $300,000 and $400,000 annually.”