Outagamie County Landfill crews working to clean up trash after strong winds

Posted at 2:22 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 15:23:41-05

Strong wind gusts caused trash from the Outagamie County Landfill to blow across Little Chute this week, creating problems for residents.

The good news is, as of Friday, 80% of the trash was cleaned up, according to workers at the landfill.

They're now bringing in a larger lift to reach higher trees to remove bags that blew out of the landfill, they said.

A crew of 15 people worked a 12 hour shift Friday, concentrating on the area along I-41 north of Holland Road in neighborhoods. 12 people will also work Saturday.

County leaders are telling people not to worry.

"We are doing everything we can to try and be a good neighbor to clean up, and we're going to stay out there. And we're going to continue to clean up until it's taken care of," said Tom Nelson, Outagamie County.

Michael McQuillin lives directly across fields that were full of trash and was worried for neighborhood kids.

"We already had our talk with our son about playing in garbage and germs and maybe cutting your hands on stuff that shouldn't be there. For other parents in the neighborhood, they should probably talk to the children about it," said McQuillin.

While neighbors know no one has control over mother nature, they do want the county to make some changes.

"It's unprecedented with the storm, but maybe they need to look into the future and find better ways to keep the garbage where it's supposed to be," said Morrill.

Crews believe they'll have the ground cleanup completed Saturday, and cleanup of bags in trees will continue possible into next week.

They blamed a failure in the fencing system for the issue, but the landfill is also encouraging people to recycle their plastic bags.

The landfill will be reviewing their operation plan to see how they can avoid this from happening again in the future, they said.