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Casella

WHELAN: Transfer Station Still Under Review
Letter from Mary Anne Whelan

Transfer Station Still Under Review

I want to pass on that I did, after my last letter, hear from the regional director of the “transfer station.” Also, that she lives in Oneonta and has in fact previously visited it. We agreed to meet there today and she came with three other members of Casella and the Otsego County Director of Solid Waste Management. We reviewed the situation.

An important fact to be considered is that the recycling processing center in Albany, to which our material intended for recycling is sent, charges by weight of what is sent. Since the bins into which we place our material to be recycled are open to the weather, the cardboard in them becomes wet. Material is weighed when it reaches Sierra Processing, the facility which first handles and sorts the material before sending it on to the Albany center.

WHELAN: Transfer Station Dispute Continues
Letter from Mary Ann Whelan

Transfer Station Dispute Continues

The recent letter in response to criticisms of the Northern Transfer station by the Oneonta division manager overstates the virtues of said facility. It is inconceivable that anyone could take “great pride” in that facility when Casella is ranked in the bottom 25 percent on ZoomInfo with regard to management, and at the bottom of seven competing businesses.

Casella is located in Vermont and it is difficult to believe that the division manager has ever been on site (she could not be reached for comment). I would be interested in the compliments allegedly received: Perhaps they could be published? There has been no detectable interest in cleaning up the litter along the “fence” until the publication of a complaint. The division manager implies that despite hiring efforts they have been forced to rely on their other “staff members” and says it is “no small task,” but that is because they aren’t hired for enough time to attend to it.

O’BRYAN: Re: Transfer Station Complaints
Letter from Lonnie O’Bryan

Re: Transfer Station Complaints

Recently, a resident of Cooperstown wrote in with concerns about the appearance and operations of the Otsego County Northern Transfer Station located in Cooperstown. The station, as pointed out in the letter, is managed by Casella.

As the division manager of Casella’s Oneonta Hauling Division and Transfer Stations in Otsego and Schoharie, I take great pride in our facilities and feel as though we do an outstanding job representing the very best of our county. We are your friends, neighbors, and relatives and we work hard to serve all of you. When it doesn’t meet your standards, you can be sure that it is not meeting ours.

WHELAN: Transfer Station Needs Attention
Letter from Mary Anne Whelan

Transfer Station Needs Attention

While it’s all very well that things get recycled once they reach Albany, our local “Northern Transfer Station” is a disgrace. Anyone who doubts this is cordially invited to visit—Tuesday or Wednesday are especially good days. It is a stinking, filthy mess. Furthermore, the bins in which recycled material is supposed to go, are open: When weather gets in and dampens the contents, they go to garbage.

Casella may be the lowest bidder but they are not fit to manage this task, and I urge that they be replaced the next time their contract comes up. Management was much better under MOSA [Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority].

Additionally, cleaning up the blowing plastic along the “fence” line on the way up to the trash section is the responsibility of the county, not Casella. This is chronically neglected, despite complaints. I think the County Board should do it themselves, since they apparently can’t find the way to do it otherwise.

Mary Anne Whelan
Cooperstown

WHELAN: With Crisis, We See World, And Dump, With Fresh Eyes
LETTER from M.A. WHELAN

With Crisis, We See World,

And Dump, With Fresh Eyes

To the Editor:

Given our current situation, I find even a trip to the Northern Transfer Station – aka The Dump – an exciting occasion. I have looked at it with fresh eyes. And it’s not a pretty sight.

OK, I know it’s a dump, but there are dumps and then there are dumps. This one is really awful.
Fetid piles of trash, papers blowing everywhere, the pathetic plastic fence that is supposed to keep trash from blowing away is broken down and plastic blows over it anyway, into the field and trees below.

Mr. Casella, who has got his customers doing the sorting for him as far as possible, should be ashamed of himself.

Might we have a response?  And, perhaps, a clean-up?

M.A. WHELAN, M.D.
Cooperstown

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 16

Future Of Waste

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PRESENTATION – 1 – 2 p.m. Casella presents “The Future of Waste.” Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1973841

FIGURE DRAWING – 6:30 – 9 p.m. Non-instructional drawing with live model. Poses chosen by consensus. Cost $12/class. The Carriage House Art Studio, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-435-8718 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/figure-drawing-open-studio/?instance_id=984

IT’S BACK! Northern Transfer Station Reopens At 7, Ending Many’s Trek To Exeter

IT’S BACK!

Northern Transfer Station Reopens,

Ending Many’s Trek To Schuyler Lake

The Northern Transfer Station on Route 28 north of Cooperstown, newly paved and with a new weigh station placed to optimize traffic flow, reopened at 7 a.m. today after a six-week hiatus, ending many Cooperstonians’ round-trip treks to Schuyler Lake. Scott Ubner, top photo, was the first commercial customer. Lower right, the first customer overall, arriving at 7 sharp, was Rose Craine of Hartwick, assisted by county Planning Director Karen Sullivan, whose office oversaw the upgrades. The Casella team, lower left, was ready for her: Matt O’Hanley of Summit, and Renee Graham and Jade Safford, both of Otego. Graham said the temporary site in the Town of Exeter handled about 70 bags a day.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Jackson Forbes Wins Casella Art Contest

Third-Grader’s Art Wins

Spot On Casella Calendar

Jackson Forbes, a third grader at Greater Plains Elementary, was speechless when it was announced that his artwork had been chosen as one of 13 winners in New York to be featured in Casella's 2017 calendar. At a school assembly this afternoon, Adam Critti, sales representative for Casella,  awarded Jackson with a $25 TD Bank gift card, five copies of the calendar and a framed copy of his artwork.  Jackson is the first local winner of the contest to receive this honor. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jackson Forbes, a third grader at Greater Plains Elementary School., Oneonta, was speechless when it was announced that his artwork had been chosen as one of 13 winners in New York State to be featured in Casella’s 2017 calendar. At a school assembly this afternoon, Casella Sales Representative Adam Critti presented Jackson with a $25 TD Bank gift card, five copies of the calendar and a framed copy of his artwork.  Jackson is the first local winner of the annual contest. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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