THE LANDFILL IS NEARLY FULL...WHAT NEXT?

County residents in their 60s and older remember taking trash to “the dump,” a place in each town where trash - everything from chicken bones to broken chairs - but not paper because we all burned that - was dumped over a bank. In Houghton, the dump was up Tucker Hill. It was “open” every day. At dusk, people appeared to shoot rats for sport. By the 70s, we were a bit more informed about taking care of our environment and the “dumps” became a town operation. Again, almost every town had one and one person was stationed there with a bulldozer. The trash was covered every night; it was open only certain days and we paid a small fee per year to use it. We were still allowed to have burn barrels for paper at our homes...

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