CANANDAIGUA – After considerable debate and procedural wrangling, the Ontario County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to approve a pilot program application for the de-packaging of recyclable materials at the Ontario County Landfill.

Approval of the 12-month pilot program application to the state DEC was sought by Casella Waste Services, operator of the landfill.

The company has lined up a machine that would remove all food waste or other organic material from cans, bottles, bags, wrappers, plastics or cartons send to the landfill’s Material Recovery Facility for recycling.

The organic material would be accumulated and sent to an area anaerobic digester to help create compost fertilizer. The remaining material would be recycled.

The board’s Planning & Environmental Quality Committee voted April 29 to recommend approval of the project to the full board. It went to the full board May 9, but Supervisor Dominick Vedora, D-city of Geneva, had it layed over to Thursday. Vedora moved to table it again, but that motion was defeated, 16-5.

Three motions eventually were voted on by the board. The first established the county’s intent to serve as lead agency for the environmental review process for the project. That was approved, 18-3. Opposed were Vedora, Frederick Wille, D-Bloomfield, and Lou Guard, D-city of Geneva.

The second motion, also approved 18-3, determined that the project would not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Wille, Vedora and Guard voted no.

The third motion authorized Casella to apply for a research development and demonstration permit for the organics de-packaging operation. The vote was 17-4, with Supervisor Mark Venuti, D-Geneva, joining Guard, Vedora and Wille in opposition.

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