The Landfill and Resource Recovery, Inc. Superfund Site is situated in North Smithfield. Rhode Island. The Site is up gradient of Trout Brook and Slatersville Reservoir; these then drain into the Branch River which drains into the Blackstone River. Adjacent wetlands to the south, southeast, and east of the Site provide important habitat for numerous migratory bird species, including mallards, wood ducks, great blue herons, several species of raptors and numerous passerine species.
The Site is a 28-acre former landfill facility which received domestic, commercial, and industrial wastes since the 1920s. In 1979, after approximately 1 million gallons of waste, including hazardous substances, had been accepted for disposal, the State of Rhode Island ordered the Site to stop accepting hazardous waste. In 1986 the landfill was closed and approximately three-fourths of the Site was covered with a synthetic cap.
Six years after removing asphalt and other debris, a natural wetland/grassland complex is evolving at the former drive-in., Credit: USFWS