Homeowners concerned about possible increase of chicken waste at landfill

Homeowners concerned about possible increase of chicken waste at landfill
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 1:11 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 5:01 PM CST
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VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - A meeting is coming up to discuss a request from Republic Services to accept more chicken waste at Laubscher Meadows Landfill.

The zoning committee will have to approve the request. That meeting is set for Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. in Room 307 of the Civic Center.

Vanderburgh County Commissioners tell 14 News the landfill already accepts about 12 loads of chicken waste a year, but the amendment would allow another 12 loads.

Residents near the Laubscher Meadows Landfill like James Woodard and Jerry Skinner say at its best, it’s an eyesore.

At its worst, it’s a smelly beacon for wild animals like coyotes and buzzards.

“We’ve seen a massive increase in animals, smell, and they can visibly see the garbage pile not being covered day-to-day,” says Woodard, “the garbage is just in heaps. You can drive to the end of Laubscher and see huge piles of garbage that hasn’t been covered for an extended period of time.”

That’s why they’re concerned about the new proposal from the landfill and Republic Services.

If this new proposal is passed and the landfill’s special use permit is amended, they’ll now take on double the amount of poultry waste annually, the rest coming from surrounding counties, including Spencer, Pike, Perry and Dubois County.

Woodard says that would make the problems they already face worse.

“I do not believe they have the ability to control the smell of that, and it took great lengths of research to even get a number for the odor control people, and they don’t answer your call for days when you do call,” says Woodard.

Republic Services says they’re simply offering another option, when needed, for poultry farmers to discard their waste.

They say all of the waste is covered daily with soil or synthetic tarp.

The residents nearby say that’s untrue, and they worry about the impact this proposal could have long-term.

They also say they’re worried the meeting that’s being held to decide on the amendment is being kept under wraps.

“The meeting is like three o’clock during the day. To me, people are working then, so that’s kind of set up so the people of Evansville don’t have a chance to get up there,” explains Skinner, “so I just suggest everybody that would like to keep lower garbage prices and everything, even in the future, come to the meeting.”

Here’s the notice that was sent by a resident to other residents:

Notice to residents near Laubscher Meadows Landfill
Notice to residents near Laubscher Meadows Landfill(Homeowner)