Upset with expansion of Chesterfield landfill, residents speak out on potential issues

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County landfill will be expanded to include a new section and not everyone is happy about it. 

The expansion won’t hold typical household trash but rather materials left over from residential or commercial buildings, roads and bridges. 

Residents, who feel blindsided by the project’s approval, say the expansion still brings a threat to the community.

“This upsets me,” said Chesterfield County resident Jessica Anderson. 

Chesterfield County residents, like Anderson, don’t want a construction, demolition and debris landfill expansion in their backyard. 

“We rely on the board of supervisors to make the best decisions on behalf of our families,” Anderson said. “This is not happening with this. This is a common sense thing. This is a landfill that was zoned in 1988 and us citizens, we are not standing for that anymore.” 

The facility off Hull Street, which is used to recycle wood waste, is called Yardworks.

Yardworks is located less than two miles from Grange Hall Elementary School, a fact that worries many parents and residents in the area.  

“We don’t know what we’re passing onto these children playing on the playground as the winds blow,” Anderson told 8News.  

Locals also worry that the expansion could impact traffic in the area. 

“Big, big, dump trucks, going up and down the highway right there in the 360 westbound corridor to 288 which is our deadliest roadway in Chesterfield right now,” said Anderson. “And it’s an additional danger to our citizens.” 

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors hired an outside engineer to evaluate the landfill. The engineers’ report says the landfill quote will not pose a substantial present or potential danger to the health, safety or welfare of any person or the environment. 

Opponents of the plan hope they can get more citizen engagement and want more answers from their local government. 

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