Stop The Garbage
Don't make a dump out of Salem!
As many of you know, there has been an ongoing fight to stop the City from selling the Salem Transfer Station on Swampscott Road to the trash company Northside Carting, Inc. The Salem Board of Health approved what they considered a “minor” modification to the site. The minor modification dealt with increasing the daily acceptable intake from 100 to 400/500 tons of garbage. Initially, the site was only going to take construction debris, but the Board of Health’s decision would allow it to include residential and commercial waste. The increased tonnage would be coming into Salem from other cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.
After the Board of Heath decision, local residents came together to file a lawsuit to reverse this decision. They argued that the tonnage change to the site would be a “major” modification, not a "minor" one. The trucks hauling 400 tons of garbage per day would have a detrimental impact to the local neighborhoods and the City at large. This would include an increase in noise, pollution, and traffic that would negatively impact residential home values and the overall quality of life in Salem.
A Salem Superior court judge has twice ruled in favor of the neighbors in this fight against expanding the Transfer Station. The court's rulings to overturn the Board of Health’s decision are very uncommon and enormously encouraging to residents. The courts have agreed that the proposed site change is in fact a “major” modification and not a “minor” one as originally put forth by the Board of Health.
The case is now being heard before the Massachusetts Appellate Court as the City of Salem/Northside Carting, Inc., continues to appeal the Superior Court’s decisions. Because of this, we must continue this fight for the betterment of the City and it’s residents.