WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The White County Landfill rezone proposal is on its way to the White County Commissioners after it passed the initial hearing Monday evening.
The vote was taken in a room packed full of community members who say they still have concerns.
Waste Management of Indiana owns 565 acres in and around the landfill, but only 169 are currently used for disposal.
The rezoning adds up to 115 acres to that amount.
The company says without an expansion, the landfill would be out of room in nine years. This will add ,at a minimum, an additional 30.
But, many community members who showed up to the meeting are worried about the landfill's environmental impact, and its impact on property values.
"Most of the residents are concerned about the proximity to the water ways and that's one of the main concerns that I have," said community member Shannon Mattix. "Plus what really needs to be addressed is the rolled tarp situation. The trash not only in, but out of the landfill."
"We do understand their concerns about litter and litter that could be escaping from these trucks," said the spokeswoman of Waste Management of Indiana, Lisa Disbrow."We do try to police at the facility and listened very carefully to what the public and the community had to say tonight."
The next rezoning meeting is in the White County Building on Monday in front of the county commissioners.
It starts at 8:15 a.m. and is open to the public.