A $4 million renovation to Braintree’s transfer station was officially unveiled on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the state-of-the-art facility that is designed to be more pleasant for neighbors.
Renovations to the Ivory Street building; which has served Braintree, Quincy, Weymouth, Randolph, and Waltham since 1989; have been ongoing since May 2011 after town officials negotiated a long-term lease with Covanta SEMASS.
Under the agreement, the station will continue to operate until 2030, accepting up to 374,000 tons of solid waste annually.
Waste collected at the facility is then trucked to the Covanta SEMASS Energy-from-Waste facility in Rochester, where it is combusted to generate renewable electricity for thousands of southeastern homes in Massachusetts.
Town officials hailed the agreement, which would manage waste costs for the next two decades.
Shortly after negotiations concluded, the deal was made sweeter when Covanta Energy Corp. announced plans to invest in its Braintree facility. The upgrades have helped solve long-term complaints from neighbors, ones that Covanta officials have been working to mitigate for years.
Renovations included a new sound barrier wall, noise-reducing enclosures, an air filtration system to mitigate odors, and a relocated resident drop-off area. New trees and landscaping have also been planted to hide the facility from the community.
Approvals had to be sought from the town’s Conservation Commission, Health Board, Planning Board, and from the state for the project, all of which were received without much problem.
Construction on the facility started in March 2012, and since then crews have been working to complete the project.
On Friday, Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he was excited to move forward with the new facility.
“The completion of the transfer station renovations further establishes the long term relationship between Braintree, the Tri-Towns, and Covanta,” Sullivan said in a release. “The partnership is a great example of successful public and private partnerships and also regional cooperation. The people of Braintree will greatly benefit from this new facility.”
Covanta executives also applauded the project and pointed to it as the beginning of another great chapter in the relationship between the town and the organization.
“Covanta is pleased with the successful outcome of this important project and believe it will have a positive impact on the Braintree community, as well as our local municipal and commercial customers,” said Anthony Orlando, Covanta Energy president and chief executive officer, in a release. “We value our partnership with the town of Braintree and look forward to future endeavors and many years of continued mutual success.”