The Fulton County Sanitary Landfill is located in the Town of Johnstown, and is situated on 500 acres of land, with 25 acres of active landfill with a 13.5 acre expansion presently under construction. The landfill consists of an 11 acre first cell, a 4-acre second cell and a 10-acre third cell. A total of 105 acres is available for actual landfill.
Ground breaking occurred on April 4, 1988, with the majority of construction completed by December 21, 1988. Total construction cost was approximately $10 million, which included the initial 11-acre lined facility, construction of an administration building, heavy equipment purchases and two leachate tanks.
Operations officially began on June 8, 1989. A second cell of four acres was built at a cost of $2 million. This cell became operational on December 21, 1992. The third, 10-acre cell became operational in November of 1995 and cost $5 million.
Construction began in spring 2004 for the 13.5-acre expansion. The engineering for this project also included design work for:
saving measures incorporated in the most recent design include:
2003 the Department of Solid Waste received nearly 6,500 tons of tire
chips in preparation for the expansion project. Arrangements were made
to receive these tire chips at no cost, saving the landfill the
potential cost of upwards of $15/ton for this product.
Approximately 12,000 tons will be used for an estimated savings
of $180,000. This is in lieu of washed stone products called for in
Other Past Design Features Include:
The following programs have been added since inception of the Solid Waste Department:
NYSDEC requires submission of annual reports for landfill operations, transfer stations, recycling, and financial assurance.
Facility site life calculated at 80 years with over 70 years remaining at incoming tonnage.
County has been fortunate in pursuit of grants to bolster its programs.
The funding itself is beneficial as reimbursement for equipment,
construction and education, but it also garners the backing of our local
legislators, who support this department’s efforts, because they realize
we attempt to participate in funding opportunities as they become available.
purchasing equipment, such as roll offs, all specifications are uniform, so
that existing trucks can transport an interchangeable fleet of roll off
containers that are used for a variety of recycling programs, such as
transport of tires, bulk metals, Freon units, and glass.
This increases efficiency in the overall transportation aspect of
operations, allows for less handling of materials and provides neat and
organized storage capabilities at transfer stations.