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Essex County (population 39370)

Name of service/government operation: Essex County Solid Waste

Form of sharing: Transportation of solid waste outside Essex County, includes the collection at Transfer Statiions

Services affected: Solid Waste

Year started: 1998

Partners: 17 of the 18 Essex County Towns

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): The disposal, and transport of solid waste outside of Essex County.

What planning process preceded the sharing? Negotiations with the State of New York

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? Board of Supervisors resolution required to maintain this agreement or for an individual town to withdraw

Challenges: Pressure from independent haulers to capture the bigger town markets leaving the smaller towns without service.

Benefits: Stable cost maintained throughout the Essex County Towns

Impact on budget: Lower cost to dispose of waste on the local towns.

Key contact: Daniel L Palmer, County Manager