A PROPOSED TRANSFER STATION FOR GEORGETOWN, MA
MELLO TRANSFER STATION
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
The Georgetown Transfer Station operated by the Mello Family on East Main Street no longer meets Massachusetts' environmental regulations. Bringing East Main Street into compliance isn’t workable, because traffic and safety concerns with the existing location would be exacerbated very close to the center of Georgetown, in addition, it will create additional burdens on the Town’s DPW operations that share the site.
In order to meet those standards and continue to serve the Georgetown community, the Mello family that has operated East Main Street for nearly 40 years has applied to build a new state-of-the-art facility on Carleton Drive that would directly abut I-95.
This new location would allow for cleaner, safer transferring of solid waste and recycling. The new site will allow us to expand capacity, and because it is next to I-95 truck traffic near the Town Center will be reduced.
For several months a small group in Town has tried to paint an inaccurate picture of the proposed new Transfer Station. We have created this website to share true facts.
HOW WILL THE NEW TRANSFER STATION AFFECT GEORGETOWN?
The new Transfer Station will reduce truck traffic near the Town Center since it will be located right next to I-95.
The new facility will be clean, modern, and fully enclosed, with noise, odor, and groundwater protection controls as required by the Commonwealth’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which will have oversight of the facility.
Waste and recycling materials brought to the facility will be sorted and removed from the site within 72 hours of arrival.
CAN WE KEEP THE CURRENT FACILITY?
The State Department of Environmental Protection has determined that the current transfer facility no longer meets state standards.
We can’t bring the current facility up to code because doing so would negatively affect groundwater on the site.
If the proposed site on Carleton Drive is not approved, there could be potentially disastrous effects for Georgetown.
The Town would have to contract with a solid waste and recycling contractor to pick up and haul material to another location.
The City of Boston’s recycling contract has risen from $200,000 in 2017 to $5,000,000 in 2020.
Rejecting the Carleton Drive location would end up adding between $1.05 million and $1.3 million annually for the Town of Georgetown and its residents and businesses.
The Mello Family has operated a transfer facility on East Main Street in Georgetown for 39 years.
We have resided in Georgetown for close to 100 years. With our family serving as members of the Water Department, Police Department and Fire Department. The Mello Family has served the Georgetown community since 1978.
Throughout that time we have been a partner to Georgetown in community development, beautification,
education, youth sports, and disaster relief. As members of the community ourselves, we feel strongly
that we have supported the people of Georgetown, the Georgetown Highway Department, the Georgetown Police Department, the Georgetown Fire Department and the Georgetown School System is a vast variety of ways:
Our “Beautification Crew” provides roadside trash and debris clean-up every spring and as needed.
During extraordinary storms, floods, and power outages, we have assisted the Highway Department and the people of the town with the removal of excess waste, snow removal, and flood and fire disaster assistance.
Additionally, we provide removal of all waste during Town-wide clean-up projects bi-annually and condemned local housing clean-up projects
As an inaugural sponsor of the Georgetown Education Foundation auction, we remain active in supporting the Georgetown School System. We provided free removal of debris during the renovation of the Penn Brook School and the flood of the Perley School.
We provide free recycling containers and education to the school system, as well as donating all trash removal services to the schools.
We support community events such as free recycling support for the Annual Boy Scouts bottle drive and we were the title sponsor of the Mike Donahue Charity 5K race since the race inception.
We are an annual sponsor of the Kiwanis Pancake Festival, Kiwanis Golf Tournament, the Christmas in July program, and the Officer Phil program.
Additionally, we are a major contributor to the Kiwanis Scholarship and the originator of the Steve Kavanaugh College Scholarship.
Lastly, we assisted with the refurbishing of the American Legion Park, we provide free trash pickup at athletic fields and we have sponsored, played, coached, and supported Georgetown Little League for nearly 40 years.
WHAT IS A
According to the Environmental Protection Agency:
"In simple terms, a transfer station is a facility where solid waste and construction material, as well as recyclables, are unloaded from smaller trucks and reloaded into larger vehicles for transport to a final disposal site.
Waste transfer stations make solid waste collection more efficient and reduce overall transportation costs, air emissions, energy use, truck traffic, and road wear and tear. This saves you and your community money and lowers the cost of your solid waste management services."
Waste Transfer Stations are NOT Dumps.
We have spent a lot of time explaining all of the above to members of the Georgetown community. Below are statements of support for the Carleton Drive project. If you would like to join our supporters, check out the 'Contact Us' section directly afterward.
We will update this page as more letters of community support come in, so check back!