Public comment expresses support, criticism of Colonie landfill expansion proposal

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Plans to expand the Colonie landfill is being met with both support and criticism.

The landfill is located off Route 9 and opened in 1963. It collects waste from counties across the region, including Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga.

But now, it’s running out of room, and officials said it will be full by 2018.

Currently, the landfill is 212 acres. If the proposed expansion is approved, another 132 acres would be added. As a result, it would be more visible to those living nearby.

On Tuesday, the town of Colonie let the public weigh in on the proposal, and some people expressed support while others expressed criticism.

Frank Hartley has lived adjacent to the landfill for 30 years. He said the expansion is not the right move because of air quality issues and visual impact.

“It’s a huge source of kayakers, boaters, recreation,” he said. “There are parks in the area that will have a view of it, and that will be their back drop for the entire time.”

The town said the expansion will help extend the life of the landfill 20 to 40 years, and it has submitted an application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop and expand on the current site.

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