The Old Bethpage landfill could be developed into a recycling management facility. Last month the town issued a request for proposals for consulting services that include assisting Oyster Bay with “the planning and design of new solid waste and recycling management facilities at either the Old Bethpage Solid Waste Disposal Complex or other site.”
Deputy Town Supervisor Gregory Carman Jr. said last week that the town could put out a request for proposals in December for the development of the site as a recycling facility, but said additional details would be made available at a later date. Last week, the town board approved spending up to $193,125 for three contractors for work related to the complex, including research and preparation to create an RFP for the transfer and disposal of the town’s municipal solid waste.
At the board meeting, Sea Cliff resident Arthur Adelman, 68, asked Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino what was planned for the site. “We’re examining different options to bring about a new way to deal with sanitation in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Saladino said. Saladino did not mention the possibility of building new facilities but said the spending was to further the town’s goal of “coming up with a more efficient and far better method of dealing with waste.”
The solid waste complex is on 135 acres of town property and includes a 40,000-square-foot solid-waste transfer station; a facility to weigh garbage and recyclables; a landfill gas collection system; treatment facility for water that percolates through municipal waste; and a vehicle maintenance garage, offices and two incinerators that are not in use. The facility processes an average of 120,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year, according to town documents.