Reviving the Hardwick Landfill: A Sustainable Future
Sustainable Benefits for All of Hardwick
The reopening of the Hardwick landfill offers a strategic avenue for generating revenue for the town through two key mechanisms: host community fees and the acceptance of wastewater from the landfill.
Host community fees are payments that would be made by Casella to the Town of Hardwick, calculated based on the amount of waste being brought to the landfill. This tonnage-based fee structure ensures that the community benefits financially from the landfill's operations, providing a direct link between the landfill's activity and the town's revenue stream. Such fees can be allocated towards community development projects, capital improvements, or enhancing local services, thus contributing to the overall well-being and growth of Hardwick.
The host community fee for the life of the landfill is proposed to be $6 per ton, amounting to an estimated $2.1 million per year.
In addition to host community fees, the Hardwick landfill would also contribute to the local economy by purchasing wastewater treatment services from the Town of Hardwick. This arrangement involves Casella paying a predetermined fee to the town for every gallon of wastewater that is delivered to and processed by the town's wastewater treatment facility. This not only ensures that the landfill's environmental impact is responsibly managed but also provides an additional steady revenue stream to the town, reinforcing the economic bond between the landfill's operations and the community's well-being. This symbiotic relationship highlights the landfill's commitment to environmental stewardship while supporting the town's infrastructure and services, creating a win-win situation for both parties involved.
The wastewater treatment fee to be paid for treating the wastewater at the Gilbertville municipal wastewater treatment plant is expected to be $500,000 per year.