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Landfill's plan to recycle worries neighbors

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Hermitage landfill and recycling center plans to start recycling roof shingles as part of its commercial recycling operation.

C&D landfill, located at 3516 Central Pike, accepts waste and recyclable material generated from the construction of residential and commercial building projects, remodel jobs and demolition.

The company is a locally owned and operated permitted Class I landfill.

According to landfill owner John Binkley, the company saw an increase in roofing shingles being disposed of at the landfill.

The company decided to start recycling the shingles.

After several attempts to contract with outside companies failed, C&D decided to develop a process for recycling the shingles on site.

However, some people including District 14 Councilman Bruce Stanley have said the recycling process includes an incinerator and burning shingles.

That concerns nearby homeowners like J.R. Simon who bought his home in Hermitage in July of 2012.

"We bought in Hermitage for the quality of life," he said. "As an owner here and neighbors in the community, we would like to know what the plans are for the process."

Simon said his family worries about the effects an incinerator could have on the air and nearby Stones River.

"It affects our quality of life," he said. "The smell and there could be things in the water with the stones river right there."

He continued, "We are concerned with the environmental impact more than anything."

John Binkley's family owns C&D Landfill.

Binkley told Nashville's News 2 by phone that the shingle recycling process does not include an incinerator and never will.

"We have nothing to hide up here," he said. "I live around two miles from the landfill. The water I drink and shower in comes from the nearby treatment plant."

He continued, "I wouldn't do anything to contaminate the water."

Councilman Stanley has been an outspoken opponent of the recycling process. He said the process would include an incinerator within an enclosed structure.

He also said the emissions from such an incinerator could pollute the air, contaminate the nearby Stones River and contaminate fish.

More over Stanley has advocated for closing the landfill all together.

"It is reaching capacity and, upon reaching capacity, it should be eliminated as a landfill site," he wrote in an email Monday to some concerned homeowners that he also sent to Nashville's News 2.

Councilmen Stanley and Steve Glover held a public meeting to discuss a proposed a metro ordinance that would prohibit recycling facilities from adding incinerators to their properties.

Stanley has since deferred the measure indefinitely writing "because the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is preparing to amend its regulations concerning landfills."

Binkley said he does not have a completion date for the shingle recycling addition to the landfill.

C&D has partnered with another company to develop the system including site and construction plans.

C&D landfill has been in operation on Central Pike since 2000. The landfill is monitored by both Metro Nashville and TDEC.

According Binkley the landfill has never been cited for environmental violations.

The landfill also features a solar farm installed in January 2012 that generates enough electricity to power the landfill's operations daily.

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