Tri-Community Recycling & Sanitary Landfill (“TCL”) has been notified that it has been selected to receive a grant of nearly $95,000 from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) to construct, enhance, and restore wetland areas at TCL's facility in Fort Fairfield. More specifically, TCL will use the grant funds to restore previously impacted wetlands; enhance currently-existing wetland areas; and create additional wetlands in a 4-acre area immediately adjacent to TCL's borrow pit.
This project will create and enhance wildlife habitat for birds, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles; and the wetland functions will also improve water quality by removing sediment and nutrients from surface water leaving the site and draining to an un-named tributary of Nichols Brook. Additionally, TCL intends to provide access to the wetland area for educational purposes for school classes, non-profit groups, and others to demonstrate wetland functions and value.
“We think this is a terrific project,” said Mark Draper, TCL’s Solid Waste Director, “it really has so many positive environmental aspects, and we are very pleased that the DEP agreed to fund it.”
CES, Inc. will be providing technical expertise as TCL completes the planning and implementation of the project, which will likely occur over the next two construction seasons.
Mark Doody has been hired to replace Allyn Lister, who is retiring after 17 years of service. Welcome Mark and Good Luck Allyn!
The May 2015 newsletter includes FAQs, litter fundraisers, and summer project updates.
Download the presentation from the informational workshop conducted on September 25, 2014.
Construction is complete on a bunker for dropping-off bulky waste items at TCL. This includes: furniture, carpeting, mattresses, demolition debris, etc. Due to DEP regulations, regular household trash must still be deposited at the residential drop-off building. With this addition, no residential vehicles should be required to travel to the working face of the landfill. Commercial vehicles (those requiring a commercial driver’s license to operate) will still be directed to the landfill working face to dispose of waste.
The portable construction trailer that was previously used as a scalehouse has been replaced with a new, stick-built structure. The new scalehouse is more energy efficient, safer, and user-friendly. The scale electronics were also upgraded to insure that the billing to our customers is as accurate as possible.
Soderberg Construction completed the installation of the leachate pipeline in October of 2011 and it has been placed into service. Landfill leachate can now be conveyed year-round to the Caribou Utilities District wastewater treatment plant without the use of tractor-trailer trucks. This project was completed on time and under budget; as were all of the recent Phase III landfill development projects.
2012 permits are available at the scalehouse. You do not need to make a special trip to purchase your permit, just please be prepared to purchase one during your next visit. You will need a copy of your vehicle registration to demonstrate residency. Fees remain the same as last year.
Fred Berube, Jr. began working at the recycling center in October; replacing Jim Searles, who retired in November after 20 years of service to TCL. We wish Jimmy the best in his retirement, and welcome Fred to the team!
TCL has contracted with Soderberg Construction to install a 2.3-mile long pipeline to convey landfill leachate to the Caribou Utilities District (“CUD”) facility on the Grimes Rd. in Caribou. This project will eliminate approximately 1,000 truck trips per year currently necessary to haul this wastewater to CUD. Soderberg is making good progress, with approximately ½ of the pipeline installed by the first of June. Still remaining however, is the effort to cross the Little Madawaska River; the Grimes Mill Rd.; and the Grimes Rd. The project is expected to be completed by the end of September.
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Construction of the newest landfill cells was completed early this summer. This new capacity; coupled with an overall height increase of the landfill, doubled the remaining capacity of the landfill, which is now expected to last until the year 2042.