Compost is too smelly for the city of Detroit so they send it to Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township, Washtenaw County. Children at the two schools flanking the composting facility get to suck on the ammonium nitrate fumes as do residents in the hundreds of homes around the dirty dump and its smelly compost operation.
NPR published a story about Detroit’s yard waste on Aug. 13, 2018. The article is no longer available online. We have a PDF version – CurisiD: Where does Detroit’s yard waste go?
So far this year, Detroit has sent 6,300 tons of yard waste to Advanced Disposal’s Salem Township composting site on the north side of 6 Mile Road. Plymouth, Salem and Northville residents have submitted over 1,000 odor complaints this year as of Aug. 14, 2018.
See maps below to see just how close the two elementary schools are to the smelly compost operation.