Letter: Tiverton can’t delay its way out of landfill mess

Posted 1/22/20

To the editor:

At the January 13 meeting of the Tiverton Town Council, the impending closure of the landfill

was a topic of discussion. Councilor Edwards made several statements regarding the …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Letter: Tiverton can’t delay its way out of landfill mess

Posted

To the editor:

At the January 13 meeting of the Tiverton Town Council, the impending closure of the landfill

was a topic of discussion. Councilor Edwards made several statements regarding the closure and plans for constructing a recycling center. His plan is to appeal to the DEM and to local members of the state legislature, of which his father is a member. 

His only supporting arguments for this course of action is his belief that there is more remaining capacity in the landfill then the DEM chooses to recognize, that there is no known water pollution, and that the town is unprepared. 

I find it hard to believe that he can be so out of touch with the situation. The town has known for quite some time that we would soon reach the mandated capacity and the end date for closure would be 30 November. For years we have been discussing this. A bag fee was imposed to help pay for the closure and for capping. 

Town government has consistently failed to take any further meaningful action to develop

a plan for the added expenses associated with sending trash to the central landfill in Johnston, and for building a recycling center. 

The sitting Town Council has just now started to make decisions about the siting of a recycling center and the mechanics of trash pickup for the near future. Our failure to have a plan, and adequate funding, is the towns fault alone and it is time for the Town Council to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for dealing with this and not to enter into an ill advised attempt to delay the inevitable. The clock is ticking and failure to act will only make things worse.

Jay Edwards

Member of the Tiverton Budget Committee

2020 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.