KYLE WIND, STAFF WRITER
Published: October 28,2014
As the Keystone Sanitary Landfill seeks to expand its facility, Lackawanna County commissioners might try to get a piece of the pie from the operation.
Currently, the county doesn’t get a direct fee per ton of waste as host municipalities Dunmore and Throop do. However, host fees for counties are not uncommon in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s northeast region, said agency spokeswoman Colleen Connolly. Over the last eight to 10 years, area counties that have fees typically get $2 to $4 per ton, she said.
Schuylkill County gets $3 per ton from Commonwealth Environmental Systems — which, like Keystone, is owned by Louis and Dominick DeNaples. The fee was already in place when the brothers took over the landfill, said landfill consultant Albert Magnotta.
Schuylkill County also is allowed to dispose of waste at its landfill for free, while Lackawanna County paid haulers at least $100,000 for waste disposal last year.