SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) – The operator of South Hadley’s landfill has announced that they will be closing down the facility next year.
South Hadley selectboard chair John Hine says that the board received a letter on March 11 from Advanced Disposal, which operates the town’s landfill as South Hadley LLC, that it would no longer accept waste from the town starting next year.
The letter came as the company was exercising an option in their contract to cease collections and served as notice that they will stop “taking waste receipts on or about, but no earlier than, Three Hundred Sixty Five (365) days from the date of this Notice letter,” Hine notes in excerpting a portion of the letter.
The company will be required to cap and close down the remaining open portion of the landfill once it stops collecting waste.
We spoke with resident, Christine Archambault who told us, “It’s gonna be a lot different we’re not gonna have to endure the noise be woken up early in the morning with garbage trucks and the smells and just the air quality so it’s gonna be a lot different for us we are very excited.”
Now, the town will have to explore alternate ways to dispose of trash and waste from the town. Hine says that the news of closure will likely create a higher cost to residents as they will have to pay full market value for trash disposal.
Hine adds that under the current agreement between the town and South Hadley LLC, trash and wastewater sludge is disposed of at the landfill, free of charge, saving the town about $600,000 a year.
The town also receives about $800,000 in tipping fees from the company and funding for two hazardous waste collection days a year, which cost about $15,000.
“It’s unfortunate that efforts to address issues surrounding the operations and expansion of the landfill to the satisfaction of all parties involved will now apparently come to a stop,” Hine says.
The landfill’s operators had sought to expand by adding about 16 acres of land to the site – a move neighbors opposed.
Fines were also issued by the state last July after complaints were lodged over the odor coming from the site.
Last December, the state began an investigation over allegations that improper disposal was taking place at the landfill. Advanced Wasted denied those allegations, saying that banned items were not being buried.