Norridgewock, ME Landfill Growth Strikes Ahead

A 48-acre growth of the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock is ready to maneuver ahead after the Maine Board of Environmental Safety in late January denied an attraction by the Conservation Legislation Basis that may have halted or altered the venture. The Legislation Basis had requested the board to reverse the ultimate licensing determination of the Maine Division of Environmental Safety, which accredited the growth final Could, or modify it to incorporate various necessities. The board rejected each requests, saying that the landfill proprietor, Waste Administration, had met the licensing necessities.

Whereas board member Robert Duchesne mentioned a few of CLF’s concepts had been good ones, most “are coverage selections that aren’t ours to contemplate.” Though the least fascinating disposal possibility, landfills stay a needed a part of the waste hierarchy, significantly as Mainers have generated trash at more and more excessive charges lately.

In 2017, residents disposed of 1,080 kilos of trash per particular person. That elevated by 17% to 1,260 kilos per particular person in 2019. The state continues to wrestle to satisfy recycling targets, with communities scrapping or reducing again packages as prices elevated.  Maine has roughly 40 working landfills, 9 licensed to just accept municipal stable waste. One of many 9, the Brunswick Graham Street landfill, closed final yr. One other, Hatch Hill landfill in Augusta, is anticipated to be full in 5 years. With out the growth license, Crossroads is projected to expire of area inside a yr or so, based on the latest DEP report.

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Creator: Kate Cough, The Maine Monitor
Picture: Kate Cough, The Maine Monitor

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