Compost war in Macomb County rages on

(WXYZ) - The smell near a Clinton Twp. neighborhood has led to frustration for people like Walter Pierce who tells us "It was a bad issue last week, the smell about 1 am."

It's on Quinn Rd. where owners of UniDig have been in business for decades. But, the same township who turned to UniDig to dump their yard waste is now suing them.

The lawsuit came amid pressure from neighbors.

"UniDig for many years was a wonderful company here in Clinton Twp., they've been good neighbors and took things in cheaper than everybody else" says Twp. Supervisor Bob Cannon.

Why was UniDig taking in so much compost? Why are they only yard in Macomb Co. to do so? Why are they now ordered judge to have less than 20,000 cubic yards on site? Owner Renee Michaels says "I didn't ask for this. I simply provide a service for the businesses who depend on me because they have no place else to go."

Other cities haven't allowed similar businesses. The Director for the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality had few answers for us also. 

"I'm excited the Governor is leading on recycling and getting a solid waste management plan in place" says Director Dan Wyant. But, so far there's been no significant progress and the MDEQ still doesn't consider it a crisis. In a statement to Action News, Macomb Co. Executive Mark Hackel says "The county has no right to force a community to accept a compost facility if they don't want it. However, anyone that wants it can do so.

In the meantime, UniDig will be back in court tomorrow morning, and a judge will determine if they've cleared enough compost to avoid penalty.

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