Jun 08, 2020

Apex Landfill Possibly Disposing Liquid Waste at Amsterdam Plant

After the Jefferson County Health Department received complaints about the odor from the Apex Landfill, the company decided to take a different approach to disposing of some of its leachate

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Apex landfill officials are in the process of speaking to Jefferson County commissioners about disposing of some of its leachate in Amsterdam’s new wastewater treatment system.

The Jefferson County Health Department has received many complaints about the odor from the Apex Landfill in the past few years, according to WTOV9.

“We’re looking to upgrade our capabilities at the landfill,” said COO Anthony Rizzo. “I’m aware Amsterdam is in the midst of a wastewater treatment project and wanted to see if there was a way we could combine our efforts.”

The landfill currently hauls its leachate to about four different locations, reported the Herald-Star Online. 

In January, Prophet Equity announced the merger of Apex Environmental Resources Holdings with the Action Environmental Group Inc., now known as Collectively Interstate Waste Services Inc.

According to Commissioner Tom Gentile, the issue they have had in the past is how concentrated leachate is.

“At one point when we talked to Apex some time back, what they wanted us to take on a daily basis was more than the entire capacity of the plant we’re building,” said Gentile.

The sewer project will total $11.4 million and should be done by the end of 2020, reported the Herald-Star Online. It will service approximately 400 homes, with a quarter of them in Carroll County. 

The system is needed due to faulty septic tanks in that area, which are dumping wastes into Yellow Creek, added County Water-Sewer Superintendent Mike Eroshevich.

According to Gentile, there will not be much excess capacity with the new sewer system, especially in regards to leachate, but the plant is possibly expandable to some extent.

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