Each year, Americans generate more than 250 million tons of garbage, of which we recycle almost 100 million tons. Garbage isn’t something that we like to think about very often, but the work of our country’s landfill and recycling companies is vital for keeping our areas clean and reducing the possibility of illness.
In our area, Waste Management (WM) is one such company, and they are the Canal Connection Business of the Month for August. WM is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. They provide services that range from collection and disposal for individuals and businesses to recycling and renewable energy generation.
At High Acres Landfill, the Focus is Sustainability
In our Palmyra/Macedon/Walworth area, WM is represented by High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center. A division of Waste Management of New York, LLC, the facility has provided environmentally responsible solid waste management to the region since 1971. High Acres provides organics recycling, renewable energy production, and wildlife habitat management. It’s a non-hazardous facility with operating permits from the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation.
Located on roughly 1,000 acres straddling the Perinton/Macedon border, the facility is far more than a garbage dump. It includes the award-winning High Acres Nature Area, 250 acres of community trails, wildlife habitat protection, and interactive learning options. It’s certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, and welcomes the public to come and walk, jog, run, or ski the four miles of trails.
Renewable Energy is Key
Today’s modern, engineered landfill is an environmentally sound system for waste disposal. Landfills offer a clean, renewable energy resource that is generated through the decomposition of the waste. This resource is called landfill gas, and it’s a natural byproduct of waste as it decomposes.
Some landfills collect this gas and burn it—destroying a substance that can, when used properly, can bring great benefit to our communities. At High Acres, this gas is used to create green energy, by turning it into electricity. The facility generates enough energy to power nearly 10,000 homes and replace 180,000 barrels of oil each year.
All are Welcome
You might not think that visiting a landfill would be much fun, but at High Acres, frequent events showcase the facility and provide an afternoon of entertainment and learning for the whole family. An annual open house features local vendors, demonstrations, and free food. Girl and Boy Scouts and school groups often tour the facility to learn more about the waste cycle and picnic at the Nature Area. Three baseball fields at High Acres are maintained by WM for the enjoyment of area residents. WM also provides an area on the landfill property for a training facility used by local fire departments.
Find Out More
Want to learn more about Waste Management’s High Acres facility? Check out their website, where you can find out details on residential drop-off times and customer service, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 1-800-333-6590.