Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last train unloads trash at eastern Kentucky landfill

(AP) — There won't be any more out-of-state trash dumped at a landfill in eastern Kentucky.

The last train carrying garbage to the Big Run Landfill in Ashland was unloaded on Tuesday.

Going forward, the landfill will accept trash only from Boyd and surrounding counties. 

The site will transition from a mega-landfill to a regional one under an agreement in a lawsuit filed by a citizens' group that argued the measures that expanded the landfill 10 years ago weren't constitutional. Hundreds of area residents have complained for the last two years about a foul odor coming from the dump.


State officials have said that Big Run was Kentucky's largest landfill and the only one in the state that imported trash by train.