Central Landfill

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Explaining The Central Landfill: Why it Matters
by Taylor Hay

Central Landfill has been allowed to pollute our local air for so long that it’s simply become the norm for too many of the people living in its shadow. The gases the landfill emits are not only bad for the physical health of its immediate neighbors, however. On a broad scale, fugitive emissions like the kind generated by the landfill contribute to global warming, which means they have real and lasting effects for people everywhere.

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It’s Possible
by Peter Shelley

A walk along Boston Harbor today reveals a waterfront that’s both beautiful and vibrant. Water taxis and sailboats skim its waters; tourists and locals stroll along its shores; fishermen catch striped bass right off the docks; and waterside restaurants brighten the evening. It’s hard to believe that, barely a generation ago, this same harbor was…

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Food Scrap Bill Now Rhode Island Law!
by Max Greene

On Monday, Governor Chafee signed into law the food scrap bill I’ve been supporting in the General Assembly and here on CLF’s blog.  (Here, here, and here are posts I’ve written, and here [pdf] is a recent letter to Speaker Mattiello supporting the bills.)  This new law is a victory for Rhode Island! As I’ve written…

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Rhode Island Senate Close to Passing Food Scrap Bill
by Max Greene

The Rhode Island Senate is poised to vote tomorrow on a bill that would keep food scrap out of the Landfill and instead direct this valuable material to beneficial uses like compost and energy production.  This is good news! As a reminder, here in Rhode Island, we currently treat food scrap as a waste.  That…

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Help CLF clear the air at Rhode Island’s Central Landfill
by Max Greene

Two weeks ago, we took the first step toward filing suit against the companies that are supposed to be – but aren’t – collecting harmful landfill gas from the Central Landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island. Because these companies are not collecting this gas, the Landfill is releasing pollutants into Rhode Island’s air.  I’ll write more…

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As Plain as the Nose on Your Face: Major Clean Air Act Violations at Rhode Island’s Central Landfill
by Max Greene

For miles around Rhode Island’s Central Landfill, the air often smells like rotten eggs.  In the Landfill, garbage degrades and gives off a gas that is part hydrogen sulfide (which produces the rotten-egg smell), part volatile organic compounds (which can cause cancer), and part methane (a potent greenhouse gas).  At well-run landfills, collection systems capture…