MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland has notified officials at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) that the City objects to the State’s review of Republic Services’ application to expand Middle Point Landfill.
The existing landfill operated by Republic Services, through its subsidiary BFI, is approximately 200 acres in size and located along the East Fork of the Stones River. Republic proposes to construct a new landfilling operation on roughly 99 acres immediately adjacent to Jefferson Pike; much of this land has been used as a park for more than 25 years by local sports leagues and for other recreational activities.
For several years, the City has also been engaged in an ongoing dispute with the Middle Point operators over offensive landfill odors. Republic attempted to blame the City sewer system for odors that were, in fact coming from the landfill. The City spent over $40,000 in air-monitoring equipment and testing to disprove these claims. These efforts conclusively proved that the odors were not coming from any City operation but from the landfill, a fact that Republic has since acknowledged.