Salem Township Arbor Hills Landfill Information

Salem Township Arbor Hills Landfill Information

Recent Updates

Violation Notice (Fortistar) - October 22, 2019

Violation Notice (ADS) - October 21, 2019

Arbor Hills Fall Construction Work Update - 10/16/2019

Arbor Hills Landfill Town Hall Meeting - Additional Q & A Responses

The DEQ has released a statement in response to a local Northville Township resident's concerns over the Arbor Hills Landfill. We believe this information is beneficial for our residents.  Please see the response below.

MDEQ Response - March 28, 2019


Residents of Northville Township have experienced ongoing odors from Arbor Hills Landfill, located in Salem Township, since December of 2015. The Township, on behalf of and with the assistance of, its residents is pursuing solutions to the following problems: (1) a proposed landfill expansion, (2) continuing release of noxious odors, including garbage, compost, and gases, and (3) hazardous heavy truck traffic. These efforts include seeking relief from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, and our State Senators and Representatives.

The Arbor Hills Landfill currently emits gas, garbage and compost odors, which travel beyond the perimeter of the landfill into nearby residential subdivisions. The frequency, severity and duration of the odors continues to impact Township residents. It is important that residents promptly and accurately report these odors so actions against the landfill can be pursued by the EPA and MDEQ.

The Township recommends that residents file reports in one of the following ways:

1) Contact MDEQ directly at 800-662-9278 or fill in their online odor complaint form

2) File an odor complaint with the Conservancy Initiative
The Conservancy Initiative is a 501.c.3 organization, dedicated to organizing, informing and assisting residents in addressing the problems created by Arbor Hills Landfill. 

3) Contact Arbor Hills directly at 248-305-8432 or fill in their online odor complaint form

United States EPA – Violation notices issued September 29, 2016, Administrative Consent Order entered May 4, 2017, and consent agreement and final order (BFI) entered September 28, 2018. Documents are posted on the DEQ website under the heading EPA Enforcement Actions.

MDEQ – Violation notices dated issued February 2, 2016, March 15, 2016, April 29, 2016, November 8, 2016, December 14, 2016, February 6, 2018, August 31, 2018, October 12, 2018. The documents are posted on the MDEQ website under the heading MDEQ Enforcement Actions.

The following additional MDEQ enforcement actions are posted on the Township website and are available by clicking on the headings below.

Violation for Gas Wells for Arbor Hills Landfill - January 14, 2019

Odor Violation For Arbor Hills Landfill - January 17, 2019

Enforcement Notice - January 24, 2019

Violation Notice - February 7, 2019

Violation Notice (Fortistar) - March 14, 2019

Violation Notice (ADS) - March 14, 2019

MDEQ Response - March 28, 2019

Violation Notice (ADS) - May 24, 2019

Violation Notice (ADS) - October 21, 2019

Violation Notice (Fortistar) - October 22, 2019

The MDEQ website has additional updates and new information. Check the MDEQ website here.