Neighbors call it a “wall of stink” and it is pitting a neighborhood of working class residents against the nation’s largest solid waste company.
Waste Management owns the Stony Hollow Landfill in Dayton, which has been the subject of complaints from residents throughout a wide area that includes many of Dayton’s southern suburbs.
The city of Moraine alone has fielded more than 300 complaints.
Troubles at Stony Hollow worsened this year after discharges from the landfill resulted in overflows of Dayton’s sewer system. Last month, 13 employees cleaning out a main became ill and sought medical treatment.
Days later, the city ordered Waste Management to stop putting effluent into the system.
Waste Management officials say they are trying to fix the problem — and the smell — but neighbors and city officials are frustrated over what they say is a lack of urgency.
“We cannot ignore these concerns,” said Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church, who chaired a Nov. 16 meeting of the Montgomery County Waste Advisory Committee. “It is clear that Waste Management has broken the public’s trust.”