Section: LOCAL,  Page: B2

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 1988

The city stopped taking demolition debris at its north Albany landfill Monday, forcing users to look elsewhere for a place to dump their plaster, wood, refrigerators and stoves.

Public Works Commissioner George Nealon said the closing of the landfill had been posted at the site for the past 60 days, and users could find plenty of other sites in outlying areas, although not necessarily as cheaply. The 44-acre site, which is at the end of Erie Boulevard, is nearing its capacity, said Nealon. The aim of the early closing, he said, was to save some space for municipal purposes, such as dumping debris from street excavation.

Exactly how much space is left in the dump is uncertain. Surveyors were taking measurements around the site Monday and are expected to estimate the capacity later this week, Nealon said.

Nealon did not immediately have figures available on how much debris has been coming into the landfill recently, but he noted that Albany's demolition dump was somewhat lower priced than others in the region. Unlike some other landfills, Albany's charges were based not on tonnage but on truck size, starting at $20 for a pickup.

Although construction and demolition debris landfills are considered environmentally "clean" compared with sites that accept household waste, the state does require a full closure including capping with impermeable material. Albany has estimated the North Albany landfill closure at $1.5 million.

Nealon said the city has been referring users to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which maintains a list of landfills. EnCon officials familiar with the list could not be reached Monday afternoon for details.