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New Recycling Process At Local Landfill Raises Concerns

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- It's a landfill that has been in the mid-state community for years, but a new recycling process planned on the site has a community raising concerns.

John Binkley is a 6th generation Nashvillian. His family's C&D Landfill has been in the Hermitage area for more than a decade.

"It's our commitment to the right thing for Middle Tennessee and to be involved with sustainability in Nashville, Tennessee," said Binkley.

With a growing amount of roofing shingles disposed at his landfill, Binkley says they've come up with a plan to recycle them on site.

We have been at this for 33 years we have a lot of experience handling waste," said Binkley.

Many believe the plan means burning the shingles, but that it will potentially be hazardous.

"What is the process?" asked River's Edge Home Owner's Association President Cheryl Umberger. "What biproducts will be produced? What end products will be produced? What emissions? What dangers of emission or what risk? Where has this process been used? What kind of results have there been? None of these questions can be answered."

Councilman Bruce Stanley says he's also looking for answers.

"As an elected official, I have a first and foremost obligation to the citizens of this community that voted me into office," said Stanley. "I have an obligation to research any issue brought to my attention."

Concerns Binkley says are unwarranted because this is his community too.

"If it wasn't a safe process then I wouldn't be considering it; I live here," said Binkley. "I like within two miles from here. I've heard that we will hurt the greenways. I've put a substantial part of my life into those greenways."

Though he couldn't go into detail of what the process would be, Binkely makes it clear that he will not be burning any material. He does feel like he has been unfairly targeted.

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