Organic waste facility moves forward in New York

The Times Union

Albany and Saratoga (N.Y.) counties are moving ahead on a $45 million shared organic waste facility that county officials say will reduce the need to dump or incinerate tons of rotted food and waste. County officials conducted a feasibility study last year on a joint anaerobic digester that would take in waste from two Albany County treatment plants (Albany and Menands) and from the Saratoga County sewer treatment plant in Mechanicville, producing energy to heat and power the facility.

The study was funded by a $50,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and $50,000 split evenly between the two counties.

The facility is expected to save the counties $20 million each county over 20 years, while also reducing sewer and water rates for Albany and Saratoga residents through eliminating the incineration process and lowering transportation and dumping costs.

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