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Grant creates hotline, website for landfill complaints


Charlton, Southbridge, Sturbridge residents



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A TERC grant has allowed Southbridge, Charlton and Sturbridge residents to file phone and Internet complaints about the Southbridge landfill, pictured, which will soon be presented to the towns’ respective boards of health and DEP. (click for larger version)
February 02, 2011
Residents of Charlton, Southbridge and Sturbridge have recently benefited from the funds provided by a Technical Education Research Centers (TERC) grant, which enabled them to report complaints regarding the Southbridge Landfill on a special hotline and website.

TERC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving science and math education, and the grant funds paid for the establishment of a phone number and website specifically designed for resident nuisance reporting.

Since the end of August, several residents have taken advantage of the services by reporting complaints about odors and noises emanating from the landfill that have negatively impacted their quality of life.

"This grant has allowed people to voice their concerns about the landfill, and we have heard many complaints from residents in all three towns," said Lara DeRose, a member of a group called Residents for Alternative Trash Solutions.

The landfill, managed by Casella Waste Systems Inc., is located in Southbridge near the borders of Sturbridge and Charlton. According to DeRose, residents who smelled certain odors produced by the landfill could potentially have been exposed to harmful toxins and carcinogens.

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

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