Regina Sousa, a senior planner with the Ontario County Department of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management, recently spoke to the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club.
The department works to educate the public, municipalities and businesses on the benefits derived from increasing sustainable waste disposal and improved diversion practices. It reports to the Board of Supervisors’ Planning and Environmental Quality Committee.
Sousa’s agency provides administrative oversight of the county’s landfill operations. Directed by Carla Jordan, it is responsible for implementing the county’s local solid waste management plan by providing information on sustainable practices.
The presentation reviewed areas covered by the department’s activities, which include information on solid stream recycling, operations at the county landfill in Stanley, special collection events and the medicine take-back program.
Sousa said the county landfill currently operates under a lease that expires in 2028. She discussed the status on pending regulations centered around plastic grocery and shopping bags.
In club business, Rotarians participated in projects to bring holiday cheer for those in need. Members collected gifts left at the Rotary Giving Tree at Tops Market in Farmington, and filled 280 Christmas stockings with toys and personal items for children from low-income families at the Sojourner House/Wilson Commencement Park in Rochester and House of Friendship in Middlesex.