Training program leads to locked gates

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com

SOUTHBRIDGE — Residential drop-off at the landfill was closed this morning, though many locals were unaware until they approached locked gates and equipment being used as barriers.

Landfill operators Casella Waste Systems closed the site for the day in order to send its personnel to an annual safety training, according to an e-mail from Southbridge Landfill Monitor Anna Smith earlier this week. The e-mail was sent to Town officials and representatives on Tuesday, with the assurance the information would be posted in Town offices and on the Town website. Provided with the e-mail on Saturday morning, The Citizen Chronicle confirmed the announcement was indeed placed on the Town website. The announcement was not posted under the “Town News” portion of the main page of the Town’s website, but was found within the “Trash & Recycling” link under the “Departments” tab on the navigation bar. The public announcement did not state a reason for the one-day closure of the residential drop-off, but does note it will resume its regular weekly operations on January 27.

Residents arriving at the landfill for a trash drop-off were greeted by locked gates as well as large equipment and traffic cones serving as an apparent barricade. No signage or notice appeared to be visible while numerous vehicles turned around to return home. Trash pick-up has been disrupted in the community due to recent snow storms.

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