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Landfill invites locals for tour

Thursday event highlights power plant, other changes

Tracy Markham, who admitted she “live(s) to give tours of this landfill,” describes how trash is actually pulled out of the big trash trucks and compacted into the active cell behind her. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
September 23, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — You wouldn't normally expect a landfill to have a nice view, but Southbridge's does. It's also pumping out enough electricity to power about 2,000 homes, and hopes to do more.

Those were among the surprises unveiled at an open house Thursday, Sept. 20 showcasing the landfill and its fairly new gas-to-energy plant. Another was the unexpectedly small size of the area Casella is currently filling with trash, maybe 100 yards square, in a zone that otherwise looks much like a small open-pit mine.

"We don't have anything to hide," said Town Manager Christopher Clark. "I think this is a great facility. Casella is a progressive company and I think they operate this landfill, which is owned by the town, in a responsible way."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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