The operators at the Newby Island landfill are planning to double its size.
Located on the western side of Milpitas, the landfill will “continue its odor causing solid waste and composting operations for the foreseeable future, with little or no mitigation,” wrote Felix Reliford, Milpitas Acting Planning and Neighborhood Services Director in a statement released Tuesday.
While the City of Milpitas has attempted to work out odor control measures, there has been little success, said Reliford. He encouraged locals to attend the landfill’s Environmental Impact Report meeting on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Jose Planning Commission.
“The citizens of Milpitas have lived with significant odor impacts since the landfill opened in the 1920s,” he said. “The time for that impact to stop is now.”
The project’s EIR states that the increase in size will continue to allow it to receive waste at its current volume until it closes in 2025. As an alternative, it proposes increasing the size of the Kirby Canyon Landfill in San Jose.
Milpitas has had of odor complaints from the landfill. Are you affected by the odors from the landfill now? What do you think of its plans to double in size? Tell us in the poll below, the comments, or through a letter to the editor!