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Casella sparks Conn. dispute

Enters trash contract in Thompson

August 12, 2009


People in Southbridge and Sturbridge would have heard a familiar name at Tuesday night's selectmen's meeting in Thompson, Conn. — a quite controversial one, at that.

Casella Waste Systems Inc., the operator of Southbridge's landfill and the target of widespread opposition after it received approval last year to take in trash from other cities and towns, took front and center when talk among Thompson selectmen turned to a proposed new contract with Casella.

Under the contract, which selectmen during a special meeting Monday, Aug. 3 unanimously adopted, Casella would pick up customers' trash, at $65 a ton, and take it back to the Southbridge landfill. The contract is for five years.

First Selectman Larry Groh and Selectmen Kathleen Hiatt and Selectman Sarah White all voted in favor of the contract, but on Tuesday, White said she second-guessed her vote to approve the contract, asking to introduce information she said she had recently found on Casella.

White said she had done some research and, from the information she found, became uncomfortable on the approval she voted on the day earlier for the waste removal contract. She suggested the town revisit the idea to enter into a five-year agreement, rather than a contract.

Pick up Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for the complete story.

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