Solid Waste

Each year, the average person in Massachusetts generates 1.3 tons of trash: containers and packaging made of glass, metal, plastic, and cardboard; newspapers, magazines and other papers; food and yard wastes; and all the other kinds of trash that wind up in wastebaskets and dumpsters at home and at work. This figure does not include the 0.7 tons of industrial solid waste (technically classified as "non-municipal solid waste," this is chiefly construction and demolition debris) that is also generated annually for each person.
We agree with the state's plan to close polluting landfills, increase recycling, reduce waste generation and deal more effectively with hazardous household products.
(The State of Our Environment, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, April 2000)


Stop the new Browning-Ferris Industries Dump in Fall River!

B.F.I.'s request to dump in a new location close to our regional drinking water supply must not be allowed to proceed.

Don't dump on us. Fall River has done more than its share. The present B.F.I Dump is the largest in Massachusetts.

B.F.I. contaminates its surroundings and threatens our drinking water supply. Mother's Brook, which flows through their existing dump, is grossly polluted. According to the City, B.F.I. has violated their contract at their existing Fall River dump.

Help stop the trashing of Fall River. Get involved.
Massachusetts, as well as other heavily urbanized states, has a solid waste crisis. We must look to European and other models to come up with new and innovative ways to deal with our solid waste. It is past time to stop our neanderthal waste disposal practice of dumping our waste in the nearest swamp or bog. We must put pressure on city, regional, and state officials to make sure B.F.I.'s new dump does not proceed.


Get involved ­ for immediate info. on meetings and hearings call the COALITION TO STOP THE NEW B.F.I. DUMP at 508-646-3616.

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