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Landfill tonnage enlarges

DEP approves jump to 300K tons per year

December 26, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Effective Dec. 9, the Southbridge landfill became bigger — not in terms of its actual acreage, but in terms of how much trash it can take in annually.

On that date, the state Department of Environmental Protection provisionally approved enlarging its permit from the 180,960 tons per year it has been accepting to 300,000. There's a public comment period running through Jan. 12, and the permit is finalized 14 days later.

"All comments will be reviewed, and we'll see how they dovetail with the provisional permit," said DEP spokesman Edmund Coletta. He noted he didn't know whether any had been submitted as of Wednesday at 5 p.m.

According to Town Manager Chris Clark, the tonnage hike will increase the town's royalty payment. It has been $1.088 million, but now jumps to about $1.8 million — the inexactness depends on what the Consumer Price Index turns out to be at the end of the month, since that gets added in.

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

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