Public hearing for potential landfill expansion held tonight

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– Today marks the beginning of a public comment period for a proposed expansion of the Granger Waste Services landfill on Wood Road in Lansing Township.

The company already has almost three hundred acres they use to dispose of normal trash from homes and business. They want to turn less than twenty acres of land they already own into another landfill for a different kind of garbage. 

“For a Type Three facility it is really restricted to those things that are considered inert or they don’t decompose,” says Granger’s Director of Market Development and Government Relations Tonia Olson. “So it’s construction and demolition type waste, impacted soils, things of that nature.”

The new facility would hold a restricted list of materials including impacted soil and fly ash. By separating the two different kinds of waste, Granger says they’ll be able to avoid contaminating the water and soil near homes and businesses in the area, two of many complaints that people have had about the original landfill. Ingham County Commissioner Thomas Morgan says it’s a step in the right direction, but the public should still watch for any mistakes. 

“There’s a lot of people who are extremely concerned about this,” Morgan says, “and I’m hoping that Granger can work with the neighborhood to help alleviate any of their concerns so that everyone can move forward and be happy.”

Granger will hold two town halls on November 5 and 6 so neighbors can ask questions about the process and voice any concerns.

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