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Upgrades to Braintree Transfer Station on Target for Late Fall Completion

The station on Ivory Street is owned by Covanta Energy, parent company of SEMASS.

Renovations totalling several millions dollars at the transfer station on Ivory Street in Braintree should be complete by late November barring any unusual weather patterns, according to station manager Len Landry.

Completion of landscaping work will follow that, Landry said in an email, also dependent on the weather. Currently, those driving by the station across from Dunkin' Donuts can see the large metal frame of an extension that will enclose the unloading bay.

The $4 million to $6 million project follows that Mayor Joseph Sullivan signed with Covanta last year that allows the company to continue to accept up to 374,000 tons of waste at Ivory Street from Braintree, Weymouth, Quincy, Randolph, Waltham and parts of Boston. Solid waste collected at the facility moves from Braintree to a plant in Rochester, where it is combusted to generate renewable electricity for about 75,000 homes.

Callahan Inc. of Bridgewater is working on the facility. In addition to enclosing the four large doors were trucks arrived, improvements include putting a new scale inside along with the station where the vehicles' tops are cleaned of refuse, constructing a new maintenance shed and moving the residential trash drop-off area to where recycling is now collected.

In addition, smell has long been an issue among the businesses and residents nearby, and Covanta hired a firm that specializes in pulling odor out of the air through advanced filtration to install a modernized system in Braintree. Officials have said the system's true test will likely come during summer 2013, after the upgrade is complete and warm weather kicks in.

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