Regional landfill in Campbell County works to alleviate noise

Loud noises coming from a regional landfill have prompted operators of the facility to make changes as a courtesy to neighbors

POSTED: 06:08 PM EDT Jul 25, 2013    UPDATED: 07:29 PM EDT Jul 25, 2013 
Campbell County Regional Landfill

Poplar Ridge in Campbell County is a neighborhood filled with large, well-kept homes.

Some who live there say it's peaceful, but not exactly quiet.

"The sounds of the earth movers, the trucks dumping, and the back-up beepers is constant," said Don Barnett.

From his front porch, Barnett hears a constant roar of equipment. It's coming from a few hundred feet away, just beyond a tree line, where trash is dumped at a regional landfill.

"I occasionally work nights and sleeping during the day is a real challenge," Barnett said.

The facility on Livestock Road in Rustburg is run by the Region 2000 Services Authority. The city of Lynchburg, the town of Bedford, and three counties work together to dump their trash here.

"A landfill by definition is a noisy place," said Clarke Gibson, director of the landfill.

More than 250 trucks pass through the landfill every day. The vehicles generate a consistent noise Barnett says he can't escape.

"I never would have bought this house if I would have known the landfill was going to be here," said Barnett.

WDBJ7 talked to several residents who didn't want to be quoted directly for this story. They said that although the noises from the landfill can be loud at times, they haven't found it to be a major distraction.

One resident said she tunes the noises out and instead focuses on the sounds of her children.

Still, landfill leaders say they want to be a good neighbor. Since last year they've spent more than $250,000 to put up a barrier wall, and a mound of dirt called a "berm" to mitigate the noises.

"It's definitely a noticeable difference," Gibson said of the changes.

Signs are now posted and a radio message is now being broadcast by the landfill, asking drivers to avoid unnecessary noises like the use of horns or engine brakes.

Barnett says the changes are helping, but he'd like to see a longer wall running farther down the landfill's access road.

"The access road is going to be a constant noise maker and it's something that needs more attention," said Barnett.

The sounds can't be eliminated completely and neighbors may have to get used to their neighbor. The landfill is projected to operate for another ten to 15 years.