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Cleaning Up

New transfer station opens in Clarendon

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A Fox and Sons truck drops off a roll-off container outside the company's new Fast Disposal transfer station.

Fast Disposal at Fox and Sons in Clarendon is addressing a number of community problems.

The new company created four jobs in the community, is providing a location for people to take their unwanted materials (except tires), saves fuel and landfill space, and should cut down on illegal dumping.

Partners Dana and Bob Hennessy diversified recently, opening a transfer station and truck scale to go along with other services Fox and Sons already provides.

“The community needs it,” Dana Hennessy said. “You’re not filling the landfills up as much. And hopefully, people will quit dumping their junk in the woods.”

There are municipal waste-hauling services in Warren County. There are a dwindling number of municipal recycling programs.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The new truck scale at Fast Disposal in Clarendon weighs in a roll-off container on its way to the transfer station.

Dana Hennessy said many county residents take their materials to a transfer station in Falconer, N.Y., and that the last time he drove by “there were 46 cars in line.”

The transfer station in Clarendon is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and nights and weekends by appointment.

While people can bring materials, they can also rent containers, fill them up, and have them hauled back to Fast Disposal.

The company has four sizes of roll-off containers 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-yards.

Loads up to 1,000 pounds are $75, from that to 2,000 pounds is $120, and loads over 2,000 pounds cost 6 cents per pound.

The transfer station allows the company to sort discarding materials before hauling to a landfill.

“If you rented a roll-off and put 500 pounds in it…” Bob Hennessy said.

“We weren’t allowed to add to it,” Dana Hennessy said. “We had to take it all the way to the landfill.”

The shearing system breaks down bulky items and the baler compacts materials. Both make trips to landfills, scrap yards, and recyclers more efficient while condensing the material that will occupy landfill space.

“Logistically, it makes more sense,” Bob Hennessy said.

“We separate out recyclable materials and landfill materials,” Dana Hennessy said. “We haul all the scrap metals.”

Some materials can be reused.

“We get clothes,” Bob Hennessy said. “We’ve taken things to the Salvation Army.”

So far, the business generated by renting out containers and sorting the discarded material is keeping the brothers busy.

“As time goes on, I can definitely see expansion,” Dana Hennessy said. “We’re expanding every week.”

Residents are welcome to drop off appliances and scrap metal without appointments.

There were permits that had to be acquired before the transfer station could open.

“We work directly with the Department of Environmental Protection all the time,” Dana Hennessy said. “Our main business is excavation and demolition. When we told DEP we wanted to do this, they were excited.”

“This went a lot faster than we were prepared for,” he said. But, “we’re open. We take cash and credit cards.”

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