W.L. French buys Massachusetts landfill

Excavating firm purchases landfill in Winchendon, Massachusetts.

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February 5, 2021

North Billerica, Massachusetts-based W. L. French Excavating Corp. has announced its acquisition of a landfill located in Winchendon, Massachusetts. The Winchendon Landfill, says the firm, is situated on a 14-acre portion of a larger 88-acre property.

W. L. French, which describes itself as a site excavation and soil management firm, says it will perform closure activities on the landfill in the future, including installing a permanent cap. Prior to the capping project, the site has been permitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to accept up to 800,000 tons of COMM-97 Unlined Landfill grading and shaping materials.

Limited options are available in Massachusetts to dispose of COMM-97 unlined landfill materials, says W.L. French, and many companies ship materials out of state to do so. “The opening of the Winchendon Landfill will help to better service the environmental needs of contractors and developers from across the state, particularly those located in the Greater Boston area,” states the company.

“W. L. French has established itself as a leader in our region’s soil and waste disposal industry,” says W. L. French President Bill French Jr. “We are looking forward to expanding our capabilities and services with this acquisition. This also addresses the immediate need our state faces in regard to disposal options for unlined soils generated from large, urban excavations.”

The Winchendon Landfill began accepting materials in early January 2021, with hours of operation set as Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

W. L. French also works in partnership with Dudley, Masachusetts-based Rampco Construction Co. to help operate two soil reclamation facilities in the Bay State: Fish Road Reclamation Project and Dudley Reclamation Project, which are both located in Dudley. Those facilities can accept what are termed reuse soils under MassDEP Policy Number COMM-15-01. 

The Fish Road Reclamation Project opened in November 2018 and is described by W.L. French as “the only

The Dudley Reclamation Project opened in 2016 and is the largest < RCS-1/< RCS-2 facility in the state of Massachusetts, with more than 12 million tons of airspace.