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Waste Management Eyes Landfill Expansion

Village Board forms siting committee to negotiate terms of the proposed expansion in Menomonee Falls.

A proposal from Waste Management to expand its landfill in Menomonee Falls could extend its active life to 2032, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.

This latest proposal is in its early stages, and on Monday the Village Board created a committee to negotiate the terms of the expansion. Fitzgerald; Trustee Jeffrey Steliga; and William Holz and Mary Stark, who have been members of previous landfill siting committees, will sit on the new committee.

The current request replaces a previous request for expansion that Waste Management submitted to the village in October 2008. Once negotiations begin, the process could take years.

“It’s an economic decision, but it’s also a decision on whether the village wants to see the landfill expand on that basis,” Fitzgerald said. “Once you start the process, the timeline is never very specific. My guess this is a couple-year process.”

Waste Management would like to expand its landfill operations into roughly 200 acres bordered by Main Street and 124th Street, which east of the active Orchard Ridge expansion landfill. The land contains buildings and storage owned by Waste Management that would likely be relocated onto other lands owned by the company.

The current Orchard Ridge expansion landfill will still be active for about seven years until it reaches capacity. The land in the proposed expansion would become an active landfill once capacity is reached, and the proposed 200-acre site would likely reach capacity between 2030 and 2032.

“It’s not an active landfill at this point. They are proposing that at some point in the future they will start filling this area where they currently have buildings,” Fitzgerald said. “There are a lot of long-term aspects to this. This is a landfill zone that would take more than a decade to fill.”

The village receives a per-ton tipping fees from Waste Management for the landfill. Revenues from tipping fees have helped fund the library and renovations to village hall. From 1994 to 2008, the village received roughly $30 million in tipping fee revenue.

Nate June 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM
They can expand all the land they want over there as long as they don't expand their special garbage fee on top of our taxes to cover their union's raises.
Nate June 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM
There was a rumor many years ago that "Omega Hills" was going to become a ski hill. Can anyone testify to that?
Dave June 21, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I hope they will negotiate in the taxpayer interest for a change. Steliga will probably just line his own pocket. End the fee for pickup, and we deserve a real tax cut, or no deal.
Unions_NO June 21, 2011 at 02:04 PM
How about the Village figure out a way to get rid of the extra garbage fee and reduce our taxes? Sure, the tipping fees help, but how about reducing spending to build up the contingency fund? 20+ years from now everyone will be belly-aching for another stupid school referendum--why not plan for those costs now by setting all the tipping fees aside and building up enough of a fund that self-funds schools?
ktcc June 22, 2011 at 03:59 AM
200 acres--This is a horrible idea. Right now it is such an eyesore and I can only imagine what this is doing to our ground water. When the wind comes from the east, the smell is awful. Our village deserves better treatment from our officials making these decisions. It is not worth the financial gain.
Unions_NO July 16, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Great...another reason to leave the Falls. WAKE UP Village government! You are "selling us short."

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