How many people are employed by the Southbridge landfill?
Operation of the Southbridge landfill provides jobs to over 100 engineers, scientists, electricians, carpenters, and laborers. We are especially proud of the approximately 20 individuals who work on-site every day to keep the landfill safe and sound.
I wasn't able to make it to the polls to vote but I heard that Casella was there collecting signatures. What was that about?
Casella is poised to provide millions of dollars in new revenue and services to the Town of Southbridge, however, without the community's action, these contributions may come to an end. Casella was collecting signatures from Southbridge registered voters signifying their desire for the Town Manager and the Town Council to work with Casella to develop a brighter future.
If you are interested in signing the advisory opinion and joining thousands of your neighbors who have expressed interest in the Town working with Casella, please call (508) 860-2141.
How can members of the community get notification of filings that Casella makes with DEP?
Filings with the MassDEP are made public on their website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/ We’re not aware of any auto notification function on their site. However, you may wish to call them directly at 617-292-5500.
How do I get a garbage receptacle?
If you are in need of a cart for curbside residential pickup in the Town of Southbridge please contact the Southbridge Board of Health at 508-764-4252 and ask for Maritza Portalatin.
If you are in need of renting a temporary dumpster for moving, remodeling or cleaning up please call 1-800-CASELLA (1-800-227-3552).
There was an article in the Worcester Telegram about MassDEP coming down on Casella's landfill. What were the demands of the DEP?
Casella has fully cooperated with MassDEP and has performed a substantial amount of field investigation under the Immediate Response Action Program (IRA) including, well installation, geophysical survey and assessment, deployment of pressure transducers to evaluate groundwater flow and groundwater sampling. The goal of the additional field work is to provide a better understanding of the geology, hydrogeology and distribution of contamination in the residential area.
In a letter dated May 25, 2016, MassDEP points to the amount of data being generated by Casella from these investigation activities and the increased frequency of residential sampling (now quarterly) as reasons for the request that Casella provide status reports every 60-days rather than every six months. This additional reporting will accommodate the flow of information not only to MassDEP but will also allow the Boards of Health and residents to have access to data every 60-days.
It is my understanding that there were samples taken from wells in Charlton again in April. Was there new contamination detected?
More extensive testing of wells in Charlton was conducted during quarterly sampling in April. The results of these most recent tests were consistent with previous sampling results, and no new contamination was detected above state standards for drinking water. The tests were conducted in accordance with the MassDEP protocols to ensure a high standard for certainty of the results. These wells will continue to be tested in accordance with the approved Immediate Response Action (IRA) Plan.
In purchasing the landfill from Wood Recycling, is Casella now the responsible party for the landfill? Casella has proposed building lined cells on top of the unlined cells in Southbridge. Will this compound any existing issue that we may be experiencing from the unlined cells?
Casella as the operator and the Town of Southbridge as the owner are responsible for the landfill.
Construction of a lined landfill cell above a former unlined area is a relatively common development practice throughout the solid waste industry. Additional landfill development, incorporating current liner and leachate collection systems, is often one of the best uses of these unlined areas in comparison to the use of additional, undeveloped property. Geosynthetic products designed for the solid waste industry have been often used in these overlay projects, with decades of successful performance.
Casella’s consultants used common consolidation evaluation techniques to confirm that there will be minimal consolidation of the existing landfill foundation soils and the existing solid waste from the additional load created by the overlay liner system and future solid waste fill. Combined with the low moisture content of the waste in the unlined landfill (which was capped in 2004, limiting rainwater infiltration), this consolidation is not anticipated to be sufficient to force a discharge of remaining moisture from existing solid waste to underlying groundwater.
Is it true that the highest concentrations of 1,4 dioxane and other contaminants have been found in the monitoring wells at the landfill?
1,4-dioxane has been detected in groundwater monitoring wells screened in soil and shallow bedrock downgradient of the landfill; these concentrations are generally similar to or slightly higher than those recorded in the residential wells. TCE has not been detected in groundwater monitoring wells downgradient of the landfill but has been detected in residential wells. The company is held to stringent state and local permitting guidelines, and submits monitoring well data from the landfill to both MADEP and the Southbridge Board of Health on a periodic basis.
What is the history of the Southbridge Landfill? When did groundwater monitoring at the landfill begin?
The landfill began operation in the early 1980s and solid waste is estimated to have been placed in the unlined portion of the landfill between 1981 and 1993. The unlined portions of the landfill were capped approximately 11 years ago.
According to the information available to Casella, some of the earliest results from groundwater samples collected downgradient of the landfill go back to 1999; more comprehensive sampling of groundwater downgradient of the landfill began in approximately 2006 and 2007. Today, Casella collects samples four times a year from groundwater wells adjacent to and downgradient of the landfill that are screened in both overburden soils and bedrock, and from surface water sampling locations in wet areas adjacent to the landfill.
As an asset to the Town, what has the operator done to ensure that our tipping fees and royalties are worthy of the burden to our environment and community that we are nothing more than a cheap place to dump trash?
Casella took over operation of the Town’s lined landfill in 2003, and spent millions of dollars in clean-up efforts. We believe that the tipping fees charged at the Southbridge landfill are in keeping with the market and priced as they should be for a central Massachusetts location. Casella contributes a great deal to the community, not only in per ton royalties, but with other value added services in the amount of over $4 million annually.