Pawling Transfer Station Weighs Future Plans

by Tom Walogorsky | Staff Writer

The Pawling Transfer Station, located at 124 River Road, will be operating normally as town administrators consider future options. Chief among these considerations are provisions for a new compactor machine for the facility. Transfer Station Supervisor John Daley also confirmed that they are exploring the option to purchase a new garbage truck. Together, this equipment and accompanying installation are estimated to be approximately $250,000. Officials are confident that these additions would make the facility run more efficiently to better serve the town. The Town Board will be examining these proposals as they become available.

A new addition to the Transfer Station was the hiring of a parttime attendant. The placement of this employee is a measure to ensure that all rules and regulations are enforced. The attendant will not only assist residents at the facility but also help ensure that everyone using the facility has a proper permit. This serves to address concerns brought before the Town Board that some residents have been using the station without proper documentation. The station has also been approved to hire two more attendants to cover all hours of operation.

Currently, the Transfer Station charges an annual fee of $330 per vehicle, per household. Town officials are also considering whether or not to change this to a $3 “per bag” policy. Town Board will weigh these and other policy decisions in order to make the Transfer Station as efficient and accessible as possible.

The facility will maintain its normal acceptance policy until further notice. This includes glass bottles and jars, tin and aluminum, plastic bottles (labeled with a 1 or 2 symbol), newspapers, corrugated cardboard, appliances, scrap metals, brush, small logs, and yard waste. Tires and vehicle batteries are also accepted, along with motor oil and antifreeze. The Pawling Transfer Station is open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The facility will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.