March Leachate Management Seminar Attended by 86

By Josh Brown, Environmental Technician, Fulton County Dept. of Solid Waste

Leachate management was the focus of this year’s technical seminar at the Syracuse Holiday Inn on March 9 and 10. A tour of the Honeywell Wastewater Treatment Plant located in the Town of Geddes, Onondaga County rounded out the event on the second day.

Alternating years with NYSASWM’s Landfill Operator Training Course, day one followed a sound itinerary starting with the regulatory aspects of the industry, then delved into the operations at different sites and concluded with some of the technologies and techniques used for leachate management. It was an opportunity for attendees to take from the trials and tribulations of the presenters and apply that to their own work site and experiences.

During the breaks conference-goers were able to get information from exhibitors including Heartland Technology Partners, Godwin Pumps, ISCO and Statewide Aquastore. Day two began with a presentation by NYSDEC employees Timothy J. Larson, P.E., and Rick Mustico, P.E. They spoke on the Onondaga Lake Remediation Project. This was followed by a bus tour to the Honeywell WWTP facility, which was an impressive feat of engineering and science.

A total of 86 registrants took advantage of this training. As always, it was a terrific occasion to see what is going on across the industry, talk with regulators and vendors, and to compare notes with colleagues. All of the sessions were available for a total of seven NYS continuing education contact hours, also referred to as PE credits. Those interested in revisiting the topics covered can browse through the power point presentations here on the NYSASWM website by clicking on “Proceedings” under the News tab.

Upcoming Conference Events

Federation of New York - Solid Waste and Recycling Conference with Trade Show
May 3-6, 2015

Madison County Renewable Energy Project


New York State Legislation News

Recycling Coordinator Position

The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency is seeking a qualified, self-starter with a creative approach to further implement and expand our county-wide education, materials, management and organics management programs. The incumbent must have good communication, research, public education, and grant writing skills in addiction to collaboration skills in order to work with local governments, businesses and the public in establishing these materials management programs. The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Ulster County Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Law and the Ulster County Local Solid Waste Management Plan.

Work will be performed under the direction of the Agency's Executive Director with considerable leeway allowed for creative initiative in carrying out work assignments. General supervision over the Recycling Program Assistant and other program related activities is expected.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in environmental science, planning education or similar related field and five years of experience in municipal, community and regional planning with emphasis in environmental planning, solid waste management or recycling; experience in interpretation of environmental laws, rules and regulations; experience in business administration is desired.
  • Equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
  • A valid New York State Driver's License.



  • $51,000/year - $56,000/year depending on experience
  • Available benefits include: Full Medical Coverage; Dental Plan; Vision Plan; Paid vacation; Paid Holidays; New York State Retirement Plan


  • 999 Flatbush Road, Kingston, NY, 12407

Work Hours

  • Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required

Resumes will be accepted through close of business on June 19, 2015

Apply in person or send resume and letter of interest to:

Amy Lopiano, Chief Accounting Clerk
Ulster County Resource recovery Agency
PO Box 6219, 999 Flatbush Road
Kingston, NY 12402
Phone: (845) 336-0600

Recycling Specialist

The Development Authority of the North Country (the Authority) is seeking a full-time Recycling Specialist to assist the Regional Recycling Coordinator with the Authority’s waste diversion education and goals through waste reduction and recycling practices.

An Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies or a closely related field is required; a Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Experience and familiarity with solid waste and recycling practices and regulations is desirable. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Familiarity of the tricounty region is a plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, are required. A candidate must be able to exercise good judgement and professionalism. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Computer programs is required.

A candidate must have a clean NYS driver license, as travel throughout the tri-county region is necessary. This position may also require some weekend or evening commitments.

The Recycling Specialist will support the objectives of the regional solid waste management plan and waste diversion initiatives working with businesses, retail establishments, organizations, schools and municipalities to develop, implement or improve their solid waste and recycling programs. The Recycling Specialist will be required to meet with owners, managers, landlords or other high level employees from these establishments to accomplish this through meetings, presentations, public speaking events or hands on demonstrations. The Recycling Specialist will assist with data collection related to recycling and waste diversion activities, household hazardous waste collections and public events as approved by the Authority.

The Authority provides well-maintained facilities, equipment and an excellent work environment. The Authority also offers a competitive compensation package including participation in the NYS Retirement System, medical insurance, paid vacations, holidays and sick time. The Recycling Specialist position starts at a regular hourly rate of $18.62 per hour.

To be considered for this position, an application and resume must be submitted to the Development Authority of the North Country, Solid Waste Management Facility, 23400 NYS Route 177, Rodman, NY 13682, Attn: Jan Oatman or emailed to Application forms can be downloaded from the Authority’s web site, This position will remain open until filled. The Development Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Solid Waste Programs

The Director of Solid Waste Programs is responsible for providing Oswego County residents, businesses, industries, contractors and developers access to facilities for the safe disposal of solid waste. This is highly technical work requiring oversight of all aspects of planning, managing, regulating and directing a comprehensive solid waste management program. The incumbent reports to the County Administrator and is responsive to the direction of a 25-member County Legislature.

Salary Range: $88,507-$123,360 / year
Plus competitive benefit package and
New York State Retirement

Application review will begin May 6, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Submit application and resume with a letter of interest to:

Oswego County Department of Personnel
46 East Bridge Street
Oswego, New York 13126
(315) 349-8209 Fax: (315) 349-8254

Qualifications and responsibilities for this position.

Senior Civil Engineer

County of Franklin Solid Waste Management Authority is an expanding public authority with main offices in Constable, NY. The authority is seeking a "hands on" senior level engineer to manage civil engineering projects related to the operation of the Authority's landfill and three transfer stations.

Requirements: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Geotechnical, Chemical or Environmental Engineering, Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of NY. Minimum 5 years of Civil or Environmental Engineering, Highway Engineering, Drainage or Site-Work Experience a plus. Strong written and verbal skills.

Salary dependent upon experience. Full benefit package available including NYS retirement. This is a Civil Service "exempt" class position.

Please mail resumes or apply in person to: CFSWMA, Attn: Fitzpatrick, 828 County Rte 20, Constable, NY 12926.


Director of Solid Waste Management

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for the position of Director of Solid Waste Management. This department head position has responsibility for planning, organizing, directing and managing the operation of the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste. The Director is a highly technical administrative position involving planning and managing the County’s solid waste disposal system including landfill operations and recycling programs. The Department operates modern, state-of-the-art facilities and management involves responsibility for staff supervision, budget controls, public relations, engineering services and energy-efficiency programs.

Minimum Qualifications Include:

a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four-year college or university, with a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, or related engineering degree and three years experience in the design, construction, management or operation of a solid waste management facility or an industrial plant or other facility of similar complexity; or

b) Graduation from a regionally accredited State registered college or university with and Associate Degree in engineering, environmental science, environmental planning, construction technology or related degree and a minimum of eight (8) years experience as Director or Deputy Director involving the design, construction, management or operation of a modern multi-faceted solid waste management facility.

Salary Range: $80,000.00 to $94,000.00 per year, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested candidates must send a cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references and three personal references by Friday, May 1, 2015 to:

Fulton County Board of Supervisors
c/o Mr. Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer
County Office Building, Room 203
223 W. Main Street, Johnstown, NY 12095

Fulton County is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer in compliance with ADA requirements.


Help Wanted Operations Manager, Fulton County Dept. of Solid Waste

Day to day management of a 100,000+ ton per year landfill & landfill gas collection system; recycling & composting programs, transfer station scheduling of pick ups & maintenance issues.

Oversees all facets of facility maintenance & departmental operations, assigns daily work schedules, oversees a crew of 35 full time & 11 part time staff; determines equipment & vehicle maintenance schedules, is involved with County Demolition Team.

Must be familiar with heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavator, landfill compactor, off road trucks, tractor trailers & roll off trucks.

Associate’s degree and 3 years work experience in solid waste operations, with one year in a supervisory capacity; or, 5 years experience with one year in a supervisor capacity; or an equivalent combination of training & experience in the above.

Provisional, appointed position (pending an exam) with a base pay rate is $44,860 with a one year rate of $52,776.00. County residency required. Work schedule is an 8-hour day, Monday through Friday.

Interested persons contact
Cindy Livingston, Deputy Director
FC Solid Waste Dept.
PO Box 28
Johnstown, NY 12095
(518) 736-5501, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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