Landfill trucks exhausting Boyertown; public meeting planned

'We're looking for alternate routes,' mayor says

BOYERTOWN, Pa. - Trucks are what's bugging Boyertown.

"The amount of trucks coming through, the dust, the exhaust, the impact on our 150-year-old buildings is significant," said Adrianne Blank from Building a Better Boyertown.

Many trucks that roll through the borough are for the Rolling Hills Landfill in Earl Township, which is planning to expand within the next two to three years. The landfill's longtime CEO, Joseph Vasturia, said the expansion won't put more burden on the borough.

"Let's be clear about one thing: there will be no increased traffic," said Vasturia. "We are going to maintain the same truck traffic that we had now for the last few years."

Still, some in Boyertown said the trucks are a problem they can control.

"We're looking for alternate routes for the landfill," said Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery.

Michele Barrett, a BBB independent contractor, took action by creating an online petition that has nearly 800 signatures. Her petition calls for using rail service instead of trucks, but officials with the landfill said that's not practical. Officials with the landfill said the plan is to expand upward, not outward, so the footprint would be the same.

"We're not going to be bringing in any additional waste, more than what we're bringing in right now. It's just that we need the capacity for the years to come," said Vasturia.

Residents can learn more about the proposed expansion of the landfill at a meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Oley Fairgrounds.

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