Chautauqua County Announces Formal Opening of New Cell at Ellery Landfill

The ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new cell at the Ellery Landfill. Pictured from left to right are: Brad Bentley, Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities (DPF) Director; Aaron Gustafson, Sanitation Supervisor; PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive; Pantelis Panteli, Landfill Manager and Deputy Director of Public Facilities; and Ben Troche, Intern in the County Executive’s Office.

New Cell Open For Business July 2021

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Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley announce that the new cell, named “Phase IV” at the Ellery Landfill is officially open for business.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued the approved permit recently to the County, which allows the County to open and operate Stage 1 of the new Phase IV cell. In total, the Phase IV new cell consists of three build out stages and is a lateral expansion of the existing landfill and sits on approximately 53 acres. The Phase IV Stage 1 sub-cell, which cost approximately $18 million to construct, is about 15 acres in area and is composed of three 5-acre compartments. The existing landfill footprint takes up approximately 83 acres. Overall, the property that the County owns at this facility is over 800 acres.

“This is a culmination of over 10 years of work, the last four of which were dedicated to the construction of the Phase IV first stage new sub-cell,” said Bentley. “With the approved permit from the DEC, we can now utilize the first stage consisting of approximately 15-acres for the benefit of residents of Chautauqua County.”

“This project has been several years in the making and I am excited to see it come to fruition,” said Wendel. “Without this expansion capability, the Ellery Landfill was projected to have run out of space this year. Once all three stages of the Phase IV Landfill Expansion are constructed, it is anticipated to extend the life of the landfill for an additional 30 to 50 years for our residents.”

The Ellery Landfill and transfer stations are operated by the County and are open to the public to utilize their services. This includes accepting garbage from neighboring counties only to the degree that these waste streams maintain the operation of the landfill for the benefit of the residents and businesses of Chautauqua County. Therefore, the extra waste and fees that out of county haulers incur, improve the County’s operational efficiencies and help keep the tipping fees for residents of Chautauqua County affordable. Otherwise, Chautauqua County garbage would need to be hauled to a landfill further away with increased costs to residents.

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