History of the Southbridge Landfill

In July, the Town of Southbridge Board of Health issues a site assignment for a Town-owned,
unlined landfill at 165 Barefoot Road

 

In October, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) federally mandates that all
new or expanded landfill cells must be lined

 

The first lined landfill cell, Phase IIIC, begins operating at the Town-owned landfill

 

 

In December, the Town of Southbridge enters into an operating agreement with
Wood Recycling, Inc., to operate the landfill

 

Multiple issues are cited at the facility by Mass DEP based on air quality and waste violations

 

 

Wood Recycling, Inc. and the Town of Southbridge have discussions with Mass DEP and the Mass

Attorney General concerning ongoing air quality, hazardous waste management, solid waste management

and industrial wastewater violations, that were chronic during Wood Recycling's operation of the site

 

In October, Casella Waste Systems, Inc., purchases the stock of Wood Recycling, Inc., and later
changes the name of the company to Southbridge Recycling & Disposal Park, Inc. Environmental

remediation of the facility begins
 

Casella continues performing major environmental improvements to address the issues raised by Mass DEP
and the Mass Attorney General at the landfill from 2000 to 2003, expending millions of dollars in clean-up efforts.

Casella caps and closes the Town's unlined landfill

  

In February, the SRDP brings the landfill gas to energy facility online, generating 1.6 mW/hr of electricity,
enough to power 1,600 New England homes

 

                                            

The SRDP leases a building on SRDP-owned land adjacent to the landfill to Complete Disposal, to operate a

comprehensive C&D recycling operation, creating 25 new jobs in Southbridge