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High Acres Landfill

High Acres Landfill is a privately-owned landfill, a division of Waste Management of New York, LLC. Established in 1971, it is located on approximately 1,000 acres on the eastern edge of Monroe County in the town of Perinton and crosses over the western border of Wayne County in the town of Macedon.

Aerial view of High Acres Landfill taken by drone Spring 2018
High Acres Landfill - Spring 2018

DEC is committed to addressing the problem of odors originating from the Waste Management (WM) High Acres Landfill and issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) (PDF, 212 KB) to WM on February 2, 2018 requiring them to take several actions to address odors at the facility.

The following documents have been prepared that provide a summary of activities to date, including actions taken under the NOV and we will continue to keep the community updated on our actions:

Additional information can be found on Town of Perinton website.

Annotated Aerial taken June 2017
Annotated Aerial of High Acres Landfill

DEC's Odor Reporting Hotline - (585) 453-2416

On April 18,2018, DEC established a more formal and comprehensive complaint response process to address issues and concerns of residents living near the High Acres Landfill, by offering residents the opportunity to have a DEC employee respond to the address and discuss the odor event with the affected resident.

This new system was designed to provide a more effective method for DEC to address community concerns, particularly during the period of DEC's commitment to be in the neighborhood for an extended workday, during which DEC staff has been available 16 hours a day, 7 days per week. We appreciate the information provided by those residents who have taken advantage of this opportunity.

Continued improvement in odor abatement has made the enhanced DEC field presence unnecessary. However, we strongly encourage residents to continue to call the hotline should they experience a significant odor event in the future. This will both alert WM that there is a concern in the neighborhood and allow them the opportunity to examine and address any problem at the facility. In addition, using the Hotline will also create a record of the complaints, which DEC has access to and can respond if warranted.

DEC's Citizen Odor Log

In addition to the hotline, DEC is providing a Citizen Odor Log (PDF, 165 KB) which will allow a resident to memorialize an odor event in real time, and document the same information a DEC responder has been seeking when in the neighborhood. This will also allow a resident to record the details of an event in real time, without the need to be present or wait for a DEC responder to come to their home. The logs can be submitted to DEC whenever a resident chooses to do so.

DEC remains committed to fully addressing concerns regarding the landfill. The work required by DEC of WM to mitigate the problems with gas collection at the landfill has resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of calls to the hotline as well as a narrowing of the geographic distribution of the location of residents expressing a concern. However, DEC remains diligent in working with the company, as well as the Towns of Perinton and Macedon, to ensure that future operations do not create a repeat of the events that led to the problem.

We wish to thank the residents who have provided valuable information to DEC in this effort, as well as the leadership of both Towns for their cooperation and assistance.