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Landfill Closures Force Massachusetts to Haul Waste Out of State

A large amount of waste is being hauled to facilities in New Hampshire, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Landfill closures in the State of Massachusetts are forcing a large amount of the state’s solid waste to be hauled out of state to facilities in New Hampshire, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island.

From 2014 to 2015, the state saw a 16 percent increase in solid waste that needed to be hauled out of state. And in an effort to keep that number from rising, officials have created a state master plan that calls for a 30 percent reduction of waste by 2021.

MassLive.com has more details:

As Massachusetts landfills close, a growing portion of the state's solid waste is being hauled out-of-state, according to a new report.

In 2015, around a quarter of the state's waste -- around 1.4 million tons -- was exported to facilities in New Hampshire, Ohio, Maine, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island. That's a 16 percent jump from 2014.

Massachusetts did import a half-million tons of waste that year, leaving net exports at 880,000 tons, or around 16 percent of the state's total stream.

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