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Haverhill

October 15, 2013

City councilor: Covanta not keeping promise

Council to discuss cleanliness of roads leading to Ward Hill landfill

HAVERHILL — Not all trash and debris being trucked to the Covanta incinerator and landfill in Ward Hill is making it there.

Some of it is ending up on the main access road to the plant just off Interstate 495, and Covanta has been slipping in its efforts to clean it up, City Councilor William Macek said.

“They’re just not keeping it up like they used to” said Macek, who added that he recently spotted a door from a house on the side of the road near the plant. “Covanta always promised to have a crew clean the access roads on a regular basis, but they seem to have forgotten or at least become very lax about it.”

Macek said he will ask his colleagues at tonight’s council meeting to send the company a “reminder letter.”

“I want the council to give them a reminder that we expect them to do what they said they would do,” Macek said.

A phone message for Ken Nydam, the Convanta facility’s business manager, was not returned.

The plant is located at 100 Recovery Way on a 147-acre site in the Ward Hill Neck section of the city. It is bordered by I-495 to the east and the Merrimack River to the north, south, and west.

The plant, which began operation in 1989, currently includes a municipal waste incinerator, a 70 acre landfill and a fleet maintenance garage and parts warehouse.

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