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Community members discuss plan for Middle Point Landfill

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The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room. The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room.
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Many consider the Middle Point Landfill an eyesore but a necessity in Rutherford County. 

It's a giant earthen mound that continues to grow with each truckload of debris and garbage brought there. The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room. 

Complaints about the landfill are also mounting, including issues with the smell unattractive sights, possible radioactive materials and its possible environmental impact on the nearby Stones River.

Community members met on Tuesday night to figure out what to do about it.

The landfill takes in some 3,000 tons of waste per day from 16 counties. Allied Waste Services owns and operates the landfill, which is projected to reach capacity within 10 to 12 years, possibly much sooner.

Tuesday's meeting was called to gauge the interest of residents to organize and have a say in this towering trash issue.

"Solid waste in Tennessee is a terrible mess, and that comes down to the landfills," said Bruce Wood, president of the BURNT environmental group. "They smell, they pollute water, and nobody in Tennessee will regulate them."

Wood said community members decided to tackle this effort. They will meet again and determine whether to clean up the landfill or close it, as well of the level of support they'll give to recycling efforts.

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