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December 4, 2010

Trash haulers await deal with landfill

SUNBURY -- Northumberland County may become trashy.

Come Jan.1, the Lycoming County landfill in Montgomery may not accept garbage from Northumberland County haulers because of a contract dispute.

Defending Northumberland County's independent garbage haulers is important, Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi said Friday.

"We have to protect those people," Clausi said. "I will not sign any contract until it is the right one."

"We are talking with them and we are setting up another meeting. We have been dumping there for years and years and we want to continue to stay there."

Under the current contract, should a Northumberland County garbage hauler arrive at the landfill and the dump was at capacity for the day, Lycoming County would send the hauler to another landfill at no cost to the contractor.

In the proposed deal, the landfill wants to have the right to reject the hauler or tell it to return the next day.

"We are going back and forth with them about this," said Dale Henry, solid waste and recycling director for Northumberland County. "We will keep talking with them and hopefully get it worked out."

On Friday, Henry would not enumerate the amount of garbage the county sends to Lycoming each year because of the pending negotiations.

Elmer Danley, owner of Dan's Disposal in Northumberland, hopes the county will work out a deal.

"I would like to see this resolved, because if we have to go somewhere else it would mean more costs to customers," Danley said. "We would have to transport garbage a further distance and it will just cost everyone more money."

Danley said the landfill charges about $48 a ton to dump.

Clausi is prepared to wait, and make sure the people of Northumberland County and their garbage haulers are protected and don't have to worry.

"I am here for those people and I will not sign any contracts until we have an agreement where it is the best interest of the landfill and the people of the county," Clausi said.

A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the administration center in Sunbury for county trash haulers.

Calls to Steve Tucker, director of the landfill in Lycoming County, were not returned.

The Lycoming County Landfill opened in June 1978 and received 16,689 tons of municipal solid waste in all of 1978.

The average daily tonnage is approximately 1,100 per day.

The permitted daily average is 1,600 tons per day, with a maximum of 2,000 tons per day.

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