Albany's current dump will be full by November.
Last week it came to light in a Times Union article that, at the beginning of March, both the federal Fish and Wildlife Service and Environmental Protection Agency had sent letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers objecting to Albany’s latest plan to expand the Rapp Road landfill. The mayor’s office had been banking on the 13-acre expansion to extend the life of the dump up to six and a half more years, and failed to make any contingency plans, his critics say. Currently, it is estimated that the landfill will be full by November.
“We are in an emergency now,” said Councilman Corey Ellis (Ward 3). “They have had 12 years to deal with this issue, and instead of dealing with it, this administration figured they would get an expansion. They never prepared for the future. That is the problem with this city: We don’t prepare for the future. And now we are in a crisis.”