Murfreesboro residents want something done about smell from landfill

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Some Murfreesboro residents are gathering for what they call a “Stop the Stink” meeting Monday.

The meeting, which will focus on the concerns of neighbors near the Middle Point Landfill, will be held at Kelley’s Chapel United Methodist Church. State senators Jim Tracy and Bill Ketron, as well as TDEC Solid Waste workers, will be in attendance.

News 2 spoke with Steve Ayers who will be attending the meeting. He said you can see the landfill from his backyard and that it is time something is done about the smell.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“You get that putrid trash smell. If you let your trash build up too long and stick your head in a trash can, that’s the odor that you’re smelling, a rotting garbage smell,” explained Ayers.

Ayers added many people who live near Middle Point have long complained about the strong odor and are concerned about the impact on property values, as well as the number of dump trucks on residential roads.

“Hopefully our state representatives will get an understanding of how they operate out there. Obviously they want to know how bad the odor is out there. It’s bad,” he said.

Not everyone New 2 spoke with sees the landfill as a problem. Pamela Waddell said her father worked for the landfill for more than 30 years.

She said Middle Point provides jobs for the community.

“He did retire from up there and he made good money. Yeah, so other than that, I think everything is okay,” said Waddell.

“They do provide a service. I think we have to be fair about that,” said Ayers.

News 2 called Middle Point Landfill for comment. They did not immediately respond.

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