The Republic Services’ Ottawa County Farm Landfill in Coopersville has proposed building a well to inject wastewater leachate 4,490 feet underground. This waste removal method is not sustainable, and the landfill should instead invest in a safer method of leachate removal and reduction of future leachate generation.

Ottawa County’s population has steadily increased over the past 20 years, as has Kent County’s, another source of waste in the landfill. While this waste must be disposed of in a safe and reliable manner, building a leachate well is not a sustainable method of waste disposal.

About the writer: Sarah Gibes is the present eco-journalism intern for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. She is a Calvin University student.

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