Petitions pile up opposing compost plan

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JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP (WDTN) – Jefferson Township residents are trying to stop what they say will be a big problem before it starts, when on Tuesday, they will hand over a petition against an industrial compost and landfill site.

Under the proposal, it would be built in the 7700 block of Dayton-Farmersville Road. Neighbors are worried all the compost will increase traffic, noise, and pollution, especially to nearby Bear Creek.

“We’re talking 100 tons per day coming in,” says Sam Elam, a resident who lives nearby.

Vegetable scraps, fruit scraps, and spent brewery grains mixed with animal manure are some of the waste products Elam says will be shipped to the facility.

But those proposing the facility say it is not what it seems. Steve Rauch, who owns a local demolition company, is part of the team wanting to build the facility. He says compost will just be a component to greenhouses they are building on the front of the property. He hopes Jefferson Township trustees will weigh fact from fiction when it comes to composting.

More than 350 of his new neighbors, however, may have already made up their mind.

“It’s very quiet area,” Elam says. “People love it. There’s many retirees that live here. People are enjoying their properties and nobody wants to smell the odors and hear the noise and deal with the trucks.”

Jefferson Township trustees voted to table the issue last month. It is not clear if the issue will be on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting. Either way, there will be a stack of petitions against that facility for the trustees to consider. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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