Ask Seneca Falls and Waterloo residents what their first reaction is to the ever-growing dump off of Route 414, and you’ll likely get a big “P.U.”
“The smell is awful,” says Kristen Kisner, who works near the Seneca Meadows Landfill on Salcman Road in Waterloo.
“If it rains or if it…honestly I find in the really cold weather when the air’s not moving…it hangs,” says Ross Jones who lives nearby.
Doug Avery, a Seneca Falls Town Councilor, says the dump had a giant odor problem from 2015 to 2016, with intermittent issues in 2017. A year and a half of barely a whiff and then, Avery says the problem came back. Strong.
“It just makes you sick to your stomach,” says Becky Cooper who has had enough family appetites ruined at meal times.
“You know, it’s starting to take over our communities. We can smell, people can smell it,” says Robert Greene who lives close to Salcman Road.