Courtesy PhotoSeen here from documents on the city’s website is the former incinerator building at the transfer station on Swampscott Road in Salem. The city is seeking bids to start a cleanup of the site.

Since the 1960s, a transfer station on Swampscott Road, visible from Highland Avenue, has been an albatross for the area, according to Mayor Kim Driscoll, due to an uncapped ash landfill waiting to be cleaned up. Northside Carting, a North Andover-based trash hauler, began renting and managing the site in 1994, and had plans to buy the site, clean up the contamination and build a new transfer station there. That contract was ultimately canceled midway into the year, and the city quickly inked a deal with Waste Management to handle the city’s trash and recycling pickup. Northsides management of the transfer station was ended as well, and the company responded by filing a $12 million lawsuit in September, charging breach of contract, over the loss of the transfer station. The City Council has signed off on spending $2.25 million to clean the site, a plan that Driscoll said is currently being reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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