Salem Township Arbor Hills Landfill Information

Salem Township Arbor Hills Landfill Information

The Advanced Disposal Arbor Hills Landfill is located in Salem Township, within the jurisdiction of Washtenaw County.  Northville Township, through the efforts of Township Supervisor Robert Nix, Treasurer Marjorie Banner and Trustee Fred Shadko, and the Township staff have worked to let Advanced Disposal, Salem Township and Washtenaw County know the concerns of the impacted residents and continue to seek resolution of the following problems created by the Arbor Hills Landfill: (1) Proposed landfill expansion, (2) Continued release of noxious odors, and (3) Truck traffic. These efforts have included multiple meetings with the Michigan DEQ, US EPA, Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, Advanced Disposal, BFI/Republic and Township residents. 

During the last 12 months there have been over 500 occurrences reported by residents. Each time odors are reported, Township representatives engage DEQ and EPA as appropriate. To assist our efforts, we strongly encourage all residents to continue to report incidents of noxious gases in their neighborhoods and along the roads. 

1) Contact MDEQ directly at 800-662-9278 or fill in their online odor complaint form

2) Contact Arbor Hills directly at 248-305-8432 or fill in their online odor complaint form

Enforcement Notice - January 31, 2019

Odor Violation For Arbor Hills Landfill - January 17, 2019

Violation for Gas Wells for Arbor Hills Landfill - January 14, 2019

If you are interested in learning more about how residents and  community members are trying to get more involved, please visit

Additional Information:

Arbor Hills Landfill Resolution

Landfill Resolution 2016-088

Arbor Hills Landfill Update

The information below includes a link to the newly created Michigan Department of Environmental Quality web-site dedicated to the Arbor Hills Landfill. Also included are several reports on air quality and the status of the construction work on the gas recovery system. You may contact the Township directly at 248-662-0495 or by email at if you have further questions.

Arbor Hills Landfill Status Report September 2017
MDEQ Website - Arbor Hills Landfill
Arbor Hills Landfill Construction Update
Arbor Hills Background and Air Sampling
Arbor Hills Landfill AQD Ambient Air Monitoring Report - Final
Arbor Hills Map

Other Information:

Washtenaw Solid Waste Plan and landfill expansion. Township Treasurer Marjorie Banner and Trustee Fred Shadko continue to attend the Washtenaw County Solid Waste Planning Committee’s monthly meetings. In addition to the Township’s position paper, we have submitted written comments and suggestions to the Planning Committee and which have been incorporated in the current plan draft. The current plan draft has been released by the WCSW Planning committee for the required 90 day public comment period, which should be completed by the beginning of September. Thereafter it will be submitted to the municipalities in Washtenaw County and the State for approval.

As requested by Northville Township, the draft Plan does not permit the siting of an expansion of the existing Arbor Hills landfill. This siting limitation would be in force for the life of the plan, unless formally amended. Any amendment to the plan would require restarting the entire approval process. We will continue to attend the meetings, monitor the plan, and follow up with the Planning Committee.

Transfer of Gas Collection System to Advanced Disposal. Responsibility for the gas collection system has been transferred by BFI/ Republic to Advanced Disposal, and Advanced is making improvements to the system including installation of a new flare on the north side of the landfill to burn off gases to eliminate odors, additional gas wells, transfer and collection lines etc. This transfer should provide better accountability for the operation of the landfill.

Monitoring of Noxious Gas problems. Township Supervisor Robert Nix has insisted that a neutral third party be engaged by the DEQ to monitor odors in the adjacent neighborhoods, and monitor methane and sulfur dioxide within the landfill. As a result, Advanced Disposal-funded monitoring data are being reported to the DEQ.

EPA and DEQ Enforcement and Remediation Actions. Township Supervisor Robert Nix has been very active with State and Federal authorities. On December 27 he met with EPA District Director Ed Nam and took him on a tour of the affected area. He has also been following up with the EPA’s Nathan Frank. Supervisor Nix has requested that EPA issue an enforcement order to insure the necessary correction action is taken to eliminate the release of odors into the community. The Supervisor has also continued to meet with the State’s DEQ officials, including Scott Miller and Larry Bean, to obtain similar enforcement action. On May 4, 2017, the EPA released an Administrative Consent Order which requires Advanced Disposal to implement a Corrective Action Plan to cure the violation notices issued by the EPA. The construction of improvements to the gas collection system to eliminate escaping odors and other required improvements are underway. Some improvements have been completed and others should be completed by year end. These activities have reduced the frequency of odor complaints. The Township will continue to monitor these activities.

Truck Traffic. At the request of Supervisor Nix, Advanced Disposal and GFL agreed to route their trucks along Five Mile Road instead of northern Napier and Six Mile Roads. Supervisor Nix obtained the consent of Wayne County to issue Traffic Control Orders which prohibit through truck traffic on Napier Road between Eight and Six mile roads and on Six mile road between Ridge and Napier roads. This action was taken to eliminate the dangerous conditions, noise, dust and destruction of the roads caused by the heavy truck traffic. These orders are being enforced by the Township.