Glacier Ridge landfill

The sign for Advanced Disposal outside Horicon and Mayville.

Residents in Mayville have a formal way to complain about the smell of the landfill south of the city.

Mayor Rob Boelk announced Monday the city has a new process for keeping track of complaints about odors that could be traced to the Glacier Ridge Landfill south of town.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently deciding whether to find a proposed expansion of the landfill to be feasible. City officials have opposed the expansion, and many residents have complained about the odor coming from the facility. Officials at the landfill say they follow strict regulations and do what they need to do to mitigate the odor, including placing cover and using a gas extraction system.

“This will cut the guesswork out and will also document the incident,” Boelk said. “The city has been monitoring the odor and smell issue on a daily basis for methane and other air quality issues.”

The city dropped a lawsuit about its representation in the negotiations about the expansion after reaching a settlement with the landfill earlier this year, including an odor management plan. If residents smell odors they believe come from the landfill, they can contact the city at the number 920-387-7900 with their name and address. Mayville will contact Glacier Ridge to investigate the issue.

Boelk said the air quality currently meets federal standards for air pollution.

The DNR held a public hearing about the proposed landfill expansion on April 29 to hear from residents about their questions and concerns, and still have time remaining to come to a final decision about whether the expansion is feasible. The DNR sent a letter to people who provided their information as part of the hearing process to respond to some of the common concerns.

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