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Landfill odors prompt county to explore waste disposal options

Montgomery County will explore hauling “more or all of our waste” to an existing vendor as a result of odor issues at a Dayton landfill where it is also taking its trash.

A county panel voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to examine that option because of Stony Hollow Landfill’s odor issues, which have drawn complaints from nearby communities for several months.

Moraine City Manager David Hicks asked the county to stop hauling waste to the Waste Management-owned landfill until the South Getttysburg Avenue site was able to control the odors.

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But “provisions of the contract preclude the county from contracting with a new vendor without a competitive bidding process,” a county official said.

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The county Solid Waste Advisory Committee in November asked staff to research the issue after hundreds of odor complaints were lodged from several nearby communities through much of 2016.

Stony Hollow also has been barred from discharging waste into Dayton’s sewer system and its odor issue is the focus of a class-action federal lawsuit.

Hicks said he sought the temporary ban after that city received hundreds of complaints. Other communities concerned about the odor include Kettering, Miamisburg, Oakwood, West Carrollton, and Jefferson and Miami townships.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said this week Stony Hollow has complied with its orders issued late last year to address the odors.

Waste Management said it is “confident” a recently completed 13½-acre cap system “will have a substantial impact on containing and controlling landfill odors”

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