As landfills and incinerators close or reach capacity, Massachusetts is running out of places to process trash

By Jim Hand, Sun Chronicle, Sept. 14, 2019

Ben Harvey use to truck the garbage his company collected from area towns to Massachusetts landfills at a manageable cost.

But with the closing of landfills across the state, the president of Westboro-based E.L. Harvey and Sons is now spending an extra $1,500 per load to ship the refuse to places like Virginia and Ohio.

Landfills, he said, are becoming scarce and the state’s seven incinerators that burn trash are at capacity and often closed for maintenance.

Two landfills — one in Chicopee and another in Southbridge — closed in 2018 and two of the remaining seven that handle municipal solid waste are scheduled to shut down. More

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