Salem Township Arbor Hills Landfill Information

Salem Township Arbor Hills Landfill Information

Ridge Wood Air Monitoring

To learn more about the air monitoring system installed at Ridge Wood Elementary including monitoring current and previous data reports, visit the GLF website link below. 

May Letter to Attorney General and Community Leaders - The
Conservancy Initiative

EGLE November 2019 - March 2020 Summary of Actions

EGLE information on Michigan PFAS Action Response Team - (3/31) 

Recent Violation Updates

Violation Notice (ADS) – April 16, 2020

Violation Notice (ADS) – March 18, 2020

  (ADA) Response to Violation Notice – Response Dated April 8, 2020 

Violation Notice (Fortistar) – March 3, 2020

   (Fortistar) Response to Violation Notice – Response Dated March 25, 2020

Violation Notice (ADS) – February 27, 2020

   (ADS) Response to Violation Notice - Dated March 20, 2020


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 Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) formerly the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, and our State Senators and Representatives. The Conservancy Initiative is also working with the township and providing information to our residents through its website at  

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 EGLE.

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

1) Contact EGLE 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 EGLE website under the heading EPA Enforcement Actions.

EGLE – 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 EGLE website under the heading DEQ Enforcement Actions.

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