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May 3, 1989 

BAINBRIDGE — The BAGS landfill in Bainbridge may close by August because the state Department of Environmental Conservation has denied a request for expanding the landfill. And that could mean a lot more cost and inconvenience to the six towns that use it.

The closure of BAGS, along with the expected closure of the North Norwich landfill in October, would leave only the Brisben landfill to take in all of Chenango County’s garbage. The county is searching for a countywide landfill site, but expects to have a new landfill operating no sooner than the fall of 1991.

BAGS director Clifford W. Crouch said the three Chenango County towns that use BAGS — Bainbridge, Afton and Guilford — will probably be able to transport their garbage to the Brisben landfill, which has about four more years of life expectancy. But the other three towns that dump at BAGS — Sidney in Delaware County and Unadilla and Otego in Otsego County, will have to fend for themselves.

“So now we’ve got problems,” said Unadilla Supervisor James S. Westcott. “Where are we going to put our garbage?” One option he mentioned for the town will be to go through Otsego County for garbage removal.

But Crouch said fees at BAGS are about $12 per ton of garbage compared to roughly $45 a ton in Otsego County, which is part of the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie waste authority.

“The cost is outrageous,” Westcott said.

According to Crouch, BAGS was turned down by DEC Commissioner Thomas Jorling. The DEC is trying to discourage counties from having more than one landfill in the state’s continuing policy of phasing out landfills and heading toward alternatives such as recycling and burn plants.

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