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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 7, 2014
Blue Hill-Surry Transfer Station makes move to close landfill
New model in development

by Faith DeAmbrose

After much time in discussion, the Solid Waste Committee that oversees the operations at the Blue Hill-Surry Transfer Station may be close to conceptualizing a new model for a pure transfer station where all materials are shipped from the facility for ultimate disposal.

An incentive from the state in the form of a 75-percent cost sharing formula is helping to speed up the process, explained the Blue Hill selectmen at their regular meeting on August 1.

A letter sent to the SWC in February informed the committee that the state would pick up 75 percent of the closing costs if the landfill ceased operations before December 1, 2015. The funds would be paid over time, explained the letter, citing a lack of current funding at the state level.

As part of the annual budget process, the SWC allocates funds for the eventual closing, and according to the Blue Hill selectmen, the committee could likely cover all closing costs at this time and wait for payment from the state.

There are still a number of specific details to be ironed out, said Selectman Jim Schatz, but the SWC will be meeting with its engineers from Woodard & Curran at its next meeting on August 12 to see the latest iteration of a concept plan for the transfer station.

The SWC will next meet on Tuesday, August 12, at the Surry town office and expects to possibly have a final drawing of a new facility that would include a number of disposal containers, a scale for weighing commercial deposits and place for recycling. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to attend. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m.