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January 21, 2014

A new lease on life for Hamilton landfill?

Town seeks company to build anaerobic digester

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“It would be a nice complement to the use of the property,” he said.

The land must be almost completely capped before the town can apply for a post-use permit from the Department of Environmental Protection. The $1.2 million capping project is expected to be complete in the middle of next year, Lombardo said.

If the lease goes through, not only will the company pay the town to lease the land, it would process organic waste from the town’s curbside pickup program for free.

Lombardo said there is a growing need for such facilities because of increased regulations for organic waste disposal for many commercial businesses, including food processing and grocery stores.

“We see it as a very good opportunity for the town,” he said. “We are very hopeful it will create an opportunity for other North Shore communities looking to implement curbside compost.”

He stressed that the request for proposals is only one step in a long process. “It is not a foregone conclusion this will happen,” he said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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