According to Sue McIntyre, Solid Waste Coordinator for Delaware County DPW, an estimated 4,000 tons of flood debris has been collected from the Margaretville, Fleischmanns, and Arkville areas.
The debris has been exported to private landfills in the Finger Lakes region which have the facilities and the capacity to handle the large volume of material generated in such a short period of time, rather than sending the material to the Solid Waste Management Center in Walton. “With the combined effects of Hurricane Irene in Middletown and Tropical Storm Lee in Sidney, we will manage over a full year’s volume within a one month period, which would overwhelm our own facility in Walton,” McIntyre said.
In addition to the regular flood debris, approximately 1,000 cubic yards of scrap metal, 2 1/2 tractor trailer loads of televisions and computers, 290 refrigerant containing units, 240 cubic yards of tires, and 40+ cubic yards of household hazardous waste were brought in to the temporary Arkville collection site on the Cross Roads. “Since the Arkville site closed to the public, we have continued to receive flood debris at the Solid Waste Management Center, approximately 100 tons of material as of last Friday,” McIntyre continued.
A large piles of woody debris — tree stumps, limbs, and brush — remains at the Arkville site. It will be shredded prior to final management. What ultimately happens to the shred will be the decision of the individual/company doing the work. That service has been put out for bids and the award for that work is slated to happen on Oct 12.