Mineville The town of Moriah trash transfer station will be operated by the town of Moriah. No question about it.
Supervisor Tom Scozzafava made that clear recently when discussing solid waste costs and suggestions the local system should be privatized.
“The solid waste system should be the responsibility of a municipality,” he said. “Once you give up control of it you don’t know where your trash goes, what happens to your recyclables. You don’t know if the private company is sound environmentally.
“Then there’s the issue of costs,” the supervisor added. “You lose control of what residents pay to dispose of trash. As long as it’s a municipal operation, taxpayers have a say in the costs through their elected officials.”
Moriah’s trash transfer station, located on Joyce Road in Mineville, is part of the Essex County system. The county owns the station equipment. The town is responsible for the costs of trash disposal, personnel, utilities and associated expenses.
The Moriah trash station generates enough revenue each year to pay for its operation and to pay the $40,000 annual payment for closing the old town landfill on Pelfishire Road.
“None of the money for the transfer station or landfill closure comes from taxes,” Scozzafava said.
Moriah’s station is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It’s run by one full-time worker and one part-time employee. When needed a highway department employee or a community service worker assigned by the local court assists.
“It’s a bare bones operation,” Scozzafava said. “We have what we need, but nothing use.”
To make certain Moriah’s trash transfer station stays in the black, the town raised disposal fees last year from $2 to $2.50 for a 30-gallon bag of trash. It was the first rate increase in a decade. There is no charge for recycling.