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Tons of Waste Accepted at Rapp Road Landfill, 2016

Generally tonnage of waste accepted at the Rapp Road Landfill declined as year progressed, with an increase of construction and demolition debris and declining MSW. Sewage sludge ash increased in the spring months, possibility due to the sewage treatment plants operating at a higher output during the spring months.

Data Source: NYSDEC Annual Solid Waste Facility Reports, 2016.

Rapp Road Landfills, Total Tonnage

The Rapp Road Landfill has been expanded five times since 1969. The original landfill lasted for 25 years, it operated along with the OGS Refused Derived Steam Plant between 1983-1993, which burned shredded trash. The landfill received the ash from the burned trash. It is the biggest landfill in tonnage, followed by the 2000-2010 P4 Landfill, which took in nearly as much in a decade as the Rapp Road Landfill the previous 25 years.

The GAL was unlined; the DEC allowed incinerator ash in the unlined portion until the closure of ANSWERS in 1993. The GAL is entirely capped, they have test plots on parts of it, and is being developed into a Pine Bush compatible habitat.

Albany Interim Landfill was the first lined landfill, which first took in incinerator bypass waste and certain other municipal solid wastes. The AIL was located to the north of the GAL, near the trailer park. That's what the overlap.

The AIL "Wedge" was the landfill located between the GAL and AIL. P4 Expansion was a mostly vertical expansion on tap of the GAL and AIL.

The Eastern Expansion (aka P5) was to the North and East of P4 Expansion. It took about 10 acres of unprotected Albany Pine Bush -- the city charges a $10 ton tipping fee, which is financing the $25 million restoration of the trailer park and the more controversial "Pine Bush like" landfill cap.

Data Source: NYSDEC Annual Solid Waste Facility Reports, 2016.

Average Daily Tonnage at Rapp Road Landfill

About 2/3rds of the waste that Rapp Road Landfill accepts is Municipal Solid Waste, although it is also a significant facility for the disposal of Construction and Demolition debris and Asbestos-containing wastes. It's also one of the few facilities permitted to accept incinerated sewage sludge, and it imports about a third of it's incinerated sewage sludge from the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Data Source: NYSDEC Annual Solid Waste Facility Reports, 2016.

Total Construction Spending: Sewage and waste disposal

This graph caught my eye, because I couldn't easily explain it. During good economic times, waste disposal spending should increase. But on the other hand, sewage works construction is likely driven by stimulus dollars. Maybe it's a mix of those factors. But it's bit concern to see the recent drop in spending on sewage and waste disposal.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Total Construction Spending: Sewage and waste disposal [TLSWDCONS], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, April 11, 2017.

Disposal of Paper and Paperboard Waste, by Year

Peak use of paper and paperboard was in around year 2000, after which electronic communication started to cut into the amount of paper used and discarded. Subsequently paper recycling grew, which cut the amount going to landfills and garbage incinerators. Numbers are in thousands of tons per year, nationally.