Schuyler Co. Legislature Passes Vote Opposing Cayuta Recycling Facility

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BINGHAMTON (WSKG) — The Schuyler County Legislature passed a resolution opposing a permit for a waste management facility Tuesday night.

The proposed recycling facility would sit south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. (panoramio/Wikimedia Commons)

The vote was 7-1.

The site of the proposed facility, which would be operated by Finger Lakes-based Alternative Waste Services, is in the town of Cayuta off of NYS Route 13.

It would bring in construction debris and municipal solid waste for recycling, according to Bob Mente of Alternative Waste Services.

The resolution asked the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct a “full, fair and exhaustive” environmental review of the facility before the application is approved. According to the county, residents expressed concerns about the effects of truck traffic and potential pollutants coming from the facility on human health, agriculture, and tourism.

County Attorney Steven Getman also said some residents fear the seven-acre facility will expand into a landfill.

As of earlier this week, Mente said he has yet to receive approval for the facility from the DEC.