Collierville files complaint against landfill owner after months of complaints by neighbors about smell, other issues

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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – After months of getting an earful from hundreds of its citizens, leaders in the Town of Collierville had enough and filed a complaint against a landfill.

The town’s complaint – filed with the Shelby County Chancery Court – is against the E-Plex Landfill Center on Shelton Road.

The 17-page complaint argues the landfill is a temporary public nuisance with odors, noise and safety issues and it asks the court for the landfill operators to immediately address those concerns.The legal action against the facility was welcome news to vocal neighborhood leaders close by.

“It’s great that they’ve taken up the cause for their citizens,” John Padbury said.

Padbury is the homeowner association president in a subdivision which backs into the E-Plex landfill in Collierville, a facility he said sometimes causes a rotten egg smell to waft into his backyard.

“We rate them from a 1 to a 10,” Padbury said. “We’ve had issues back in the January, February period, we had outbreaks that we characterized as a 10.”

The complaint by the Town of Collierville against the E-Plex landfill argues those reported odors, safety hazards and high noises at unreasonable hours from trucks, is causing a temporary public nuisance for those in surrounding neighborhoods.

“It does start as early as 4:30 and goes through 7:30, 8 o’clock at night, and that’s not right,” Padbury said.

A spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – or TDEC – said after odor complaints by neighbors earlier this year, a team visited the landfill owner and laid out an action plan.

But neighbors said that’s not good enough and hope the complaint leads to better solutions.

‘In our mind he’s not proactive to fix with what needs to be fixed and the results is we continue to get these invasions,” Padbury said.

Local 24 News left information seeking comment for the landfill owner at his officer, but that owner wasn’t in and Local 24 News hasn’t heard back. The first court hearing on this complaint is yet to be determined.

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