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Group Opposes Plans for New Landfill Site in Waco, Texas

Local residents claim the new landfill would increase the odor and traffic problems.

Citizens Against the Highway 84 Landfill are opposing plans for a new 290-acre landfill site in Waco, Texas, which would be positioned near the city’s current 237-acre landfill.

City officials are claiming the current landfill only has seven years of life left and that the new landfill site would provide additional space for materials, while local residents claim the new landfill would increase the odor and traffic problems.

Waco Tribune-Herald has more information:

Few city landfills are planned, opened and operated without at least some public resistance, generally in the area where a new landfill is envisioned. So it was in the early 1990s when a group called Citizens to Save Lake Waco fought the city of Waco landfill now operating along U.S. Highway 84. So it is now with a group called Citizens Against the Highway 84 Landfill opposing what city of Waco officials propose as a new 290-acre landfill site along Old Lorena Road, next to the current 237-acre landfill. Many of those opposing the new site live in housing subdivisions that have arisen along busy Highway 84 in recent years.

Complicating the matter: Planning and engineering landfills and gaining approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which oversees safe management of waste to ensure clean water and clean air, take time — and city officials and landfill consultants say the current landfill probably has only seven years of life left — perhaps less as more people settle in the Waco area, more businesses sprout and more refuse is generated.

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