UPDATE: Middle Point Landfill Statement on Chancery Court Hearing

Aug 24, 2023 at 09:45 pm by WGNS News

UPDATE - RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN - Middle Point Landfill appeared Thursday (08/24/23) in Davidson County Chancery Court to state its case on why it believes the Central Tennessee Regional Solid Waste Board wrongfully denied the landfill’s administrative application for a northern expansion.

While awaiting Chancellor Perkin’s decision, which he said would be released in three to four weeks, Middle Point released the following statement:


“Middle Point Landfill is committed to ensuring that Tennesseans continue to have a long-term low-cost disposal option. An expansion of our facility is the only way this is possible. We have restated our case and look forward to a ruling.”

A northern expansion would allow the landfill to expand onto property toward Jefferson Pike. Middle Point already owns this land, and it is already zoned for landfill use. A southern expansion, which is the preferred expansion option for Middle Point, would allow Middle Point to expand away from the vantage point of Jefferson Pike. It would also allow Middle Point to acquire the old Rutherford County Landfill, saving Rutherford County millions of dollars and avoiding an impending trash crisis in Middle Tennessee. Both options prevent Middle Point from reaching capacity in 5.5 years and avoid a regional trash crisis.

The purpose of the Central Tennessee Solid Waste Regional Board is to ensure Middle Tennessee has adequate capacity for solid waste disposal for years to come. Middle Point, which serves 34 counties across the region including Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson, will reach capacity in 5.5 years. There is no viable alternative within 60 miles of Middle Point for Middle Tennessee.

Recently, Middle Point has begun hosting a series of open houses throughout Rutherford County, outlining a plan for southern expansion. This plan involves acquiring the old Rutherford County Landfill and equipping it with a state-of-the-art liner system, which would save Rutherford County millions of dollars, avoid an impending trash crisis and ensure continued free waste disposal for Rutherford County residents.  This southern expansion plan is Middle Point’s preferred course of action.

Whether or not Middle Point is granted a northern expansion, it will continue negotiating with Rutherford County Leadership to pursue the best expansion option that will ensure cost-effective waste disposal for Middle Tennessee.

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