CORTLANDT, NY (WCBS 880) – In Cortlandt, workers are stretching a black, plastic membrane across four million tons of burnt trash.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi: The Burnt Trash Will Now Be Sent Out Of State

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After 25 years of ash being dumped at the 30-acre Sprout Brook Ash Pit, it is being closed and capped.

“It looks like a small mountain after… years of this ash residue being stockpiled there,” says town supervisor Linda Puglisi. “I am delighted for these residents of our community.”

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She says at the end of the year, the ash pit will look like a grassy hill.

But she says it will still be a reminder of waste.

“So, we wanna make sure that the environment is protected and that this is closed into perpetuity, which it is,” she says.

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From now on, the Westchester County’s trash will be burnt and sent out of state.