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OPINION: Transfer Station — Forgotten, or Issue That Won't Go Away?

Chester Suchecki weighs in on the transfer station and the status of the issue in the city.

The following letter to the editor was submitted by Chester Suchecki.

Salem had an election last November and one of the major issues was the transfer station problem. Most of the candidates that were elected and the incumbents that were reelected were in favor of Northside Carting to take control of the land, tear down the old incinerator building and cap the ever-spreading ash pile and construct a state-of-the-art transfer facility. They also wanted to build a state-of-the-art recycling center for residents to drop off household waste products like TVs, batteries, paint, bottles, cans, yard waste etc.

So, now it is six months after the election and the city council is worried about fountains, parking meters or what kind of trees to put on Essex street. What happened to the transfer station? Do the people who live on the hill downwind of the place have to put up with another summer of dust and stink from the existing transfer station “or” does the city of Salem and the city council approve Northside Carting's plan for a new state-of-the-art transfer station and recycling center with an environmentally sound cap on the ash pile?

So what’s it going to be, Salem? Another lame duck city council or one that acts on campaign promises?

There is one other issue that goes along with this subject. That is truck traffic. How in the he77 [sic] can you tell the difference with all the traffic that goes up and down Swampscott Road and First Street? The road is the only cut across road from Swampscott to Peabody. I don’t know the vehicle count ,but it has to be in the tens of thousands. A few more trucks won't make a difference. A traffic light at First Street and the transfer station would be safer.

Salem is into the 21st century, but its waste system is still in the 60s. It's time this issue gets addressed, then there will be one less subject to gripe about.

Chester Suchecki

Salem Resident

chester suchecki May 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
john mcgrath park was the city dump BEFORE INCINERATOR TRANSFER STATION WAS BUILT. all the city trash went there. it has nothing to do with the current problem. the trauck traffic at peak would be 26 trucks a day is in consequecial . read the study done by the state in 2007. its all there on the web john.
john May 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Last chance,the point about McGath was the money and how quick the city found it.You may think 26 trucks a day is no big deal because you wont see or hear any of them.That would be 26 in and 26 out and I am sure that number will increase .It;s about he garbage.They did a study on the parking meters too,I'm not into reading the study.
chester suchecki May 29, 2012 at 02:10 PM
john your honestly going to tell us that you are going to notice two more trucks an hour?
Mia Culpa August 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Very informative! I did a google search to find some info on Salem trash pick since i see so much bulk items left curbside (walking my dog) Also i feel suspicious of why i have been seeing the recycling buckets dumped into trash trucks instead (this summer). I wont waste any more time or resources washing out containers if NO need to?
john August 15, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Considering whats going on with school biding,I wonder if Northside really is low bider on trash???? I have also seen recycle picked up in regular trash trucks,unsorted.

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