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Waste Transfer Station to be Built in Holbrook, Mass.

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The transfer station will generate approximately $600,000 a year in income for the town, and provide residents with the option to have their trash picked up and disposed of free of cost.

Since 2005, the town of Holbrook, Mass., has been discussing the possibility of building a waste transfer station at the Phillips Chemical Co. site. And now, 12 years later, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has approved the proposed project.

The new transfer station will generate approximately $600,000 a year in income for the town, and provide residents with the option to have their trash picked up and disposed of free of cost.

Barring an appeal, construction on the transfer station could begin in spring or summer 2018 and open for operation within a year or a year and a half.

The Patriot Ledger has more information:

It all began with a casual comment uttered more than a decade ago, morphed into a feisty inter-town dispute, and survived initial rejection at the state level before a plan for a Holbrook trash transfer station at the Phillips Chemical Co. site received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection late on Friday afternoon, Aug. 11.

“It’s a win-win situation for Holbrook,” said longtime Holbrook Selectman Richard B. McGaughey, who first came up with the idea with fellow Selectman Rob Austin in 2005. “We are in dire need of income. We have a new school we have to pay for. We’ll be sharing the cost of a water treatment plant with Randolph and Braintree.”

The trash transfer station will generate an estimated $600,000 a year in income for Holbrook. In addition, Holbrook residents will have their trash picked up and disposed of at no cost, at a savings of thousands of dollars.

Read the full story here.

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