Flood Debris Management

Town of Middletown (Delaware County, NY) 
Flood Debris Management Notice

Transfer Station Guidelines

The Middletown Transfer Station will be open during regular hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30p.m. The facility is CLOSED on Monday.

All regular rules apply, including the requirement for town vehicle permit stickers on vehicles. No materials may be left when the facility is unattended.

NO flood debris can be taken there; only household waste is permitted.


Shredded wood going to Sidney (October 19, 2011)


Waste Recovery Enterprises (WRE) of Sidney is in the process of shredding tons of trees and brush piled at the flood debris collection site on Delaware County Route 38 (Arkville Cut-Off Road). The company won the job with its bid of $48,550. The County will be reimbursed by FEMA for this expense. The material is to be chipped and shredded by November 4. Denton Reed, a WRE manager, said Johnson and Rhoades, a stone supplier from Sidney, will take the shredded wood to its stone yards to use as winter insulation for bluestone blocks which can crack if left unprotected in cold weather. Once the debris is gone from the site, the County will seed, mulch and reclaim the parcel, owned by the non-profit Water Discovery Center. Hundreds of tons of flood damaged debris from area households and businesses, which had been dumped at the Arkville site, has already been removed to a landfill in central New York.

Debris data (October 7, 2011)

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.

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