Residents voted against expanding Bethlehem’s landfill on Tuesday just days after environmental groups held a news conference saying they plan to sue the operator Casella Waste Systems for allegedly polluting the Ammonoosuc River.
Voting results can be found here.
The Casella landfill is owned by North Country Environmental Services. Representatives of Casella didn’t respond to a request for comment.
“Our vote shows that as a community we recognize the threats of the landfill, and we want a different, more sustainable future,” said Bethlehem resident and Growing Without Garbage co-founder, Kristina Zontina. “We want positive growth for Bethlehem, and we’re looking forward to coming together as a town to work towards that goal.”
Bethlehem voted against the landfill expansion in Articles 4 and 22. And voters also overwhelmingly approved the Right to Vote in Article 25, by a vote of 705 to 325, which will give the community a voice in the final decision.
This is the second time in two years Bethlehem residents have rejected the expansion.