Cities Wrangle Over Possible Landfill Expansion

City of Farmers Branch wants to expand Camelot Landfill in Lewisville

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    Two cities are battling it out over the Camelot Landfill. It's in Lewisville but it's owned and operated by Farmers Branch, and Farmers Branch wants to expand it. (Published Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012)

    Three North Texas cities are battling over a landfill.

    Camelot Landfill is in Lewisville but is owned and operated by the city of Farmers Branch. Farmers Branch wants to expand it, but its plans concern city leaders in Carrollton and Lewisville.

    "It is basically a small mountain appearing in the middle of the city," Lewisville city spokesman James Kunke said.

    Tom Bryson, who works for the city of Farmers Branch, said the landfill grows every day. It is expected to be full in 16 years.

    "At that point, approximately half a million people are going to have to have some place to take their trash," he said.

    Farmers Branch recently filed an application for an expansion permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, but the move is not sitting well with neighbors in Carrollton and Lewisville.

    "We see too many negative impacts of the existing facility, especially environmental concerns," Kunke said. "We would like to see those addressed before they make the landfill larger."

    Bryson said Farmers Branch is addressing those concerns.

    "It is difficult for anybody to paint a landfill as an attractive thing, but what's equally unattractive is a sky-high garbage collection bill for half a million North Texans if they have no place to take their trash by 2028," he said.

    TCEQ will hold a public meeting on Oct. 25 about the possible landfill expansion. The meeting will take place at Creekview High School in Carrollton at 7 p.m.