MOREAU — The abruptly canceled funding for the town’s transfer station has been restored.
Saratoga County paid Moreau $35,000 to run the recycling center at the transfer station on Butler Road each year. It also paid Corinth, Milton and Clifton Park to run recycling centers.
All four towns were taken by surprise in February after the county signed a new contract with County Waste.
County Waste had charged the county $150,000 a year to pick up recycling. At the end of that contract, Saratoga County went out to bid — but only County Waste bid on it, this time at $350,000.
The county accepted the contract but told all four towns that they would not be getting the $35,000 they had each budgeted to receive this year.
In response, Moreau increased rates. The rate increase had been intended to pay for expanded hours at the transfer station, but Supervisor Todd Kusnierz told the board the new rates would be enough to at least break even. Recycling can still be dumped there for free.
At the same time, the four town supervisors banded together to press the county for the promised funding this year. The county recently voted to restore the funding.
“We were very fortunate that the towns that were impacted by this were collectively successful in getting the county to restore this funding,” Kusnierz said. “We’ll have additional conversations in the Board of Supervisors on this as we move into budget discussions (for next year).”
He’s not sure if funding will continue next year.
Saratoga County isn’t the only county dealing with huge increases in recycling costs. China has cut back on the amount of recycling it will accept, and recycling centers throughout the country have been affected.