FORT MYERS, FL — Lexington Middle School has received many emails and phone calls from parents concerned about the recent opening of a landfill near the school.
FOX 4 decided to find out what that means for the people who live, work and go to school in this area.
Waste management leaders say despite the odor, there is no health hazard.
On Tuesday, truck after truck could be seen dumping hurricane debris at the newly opened Gulf Coast landfill in Fort Myers.
People who work and live nearby say these loads pack a punch.
Anna Yager, who works with Windows Plus, says it’s right outside the dumpster but hasn’t seen a difference since opening it.
Waste Management’s Dawn McCormick says the site was chosen because airspace was still available.
She says the landfill was last opened 15 years ago but had to be put back into use because of the amount of debris from Hurricane Ian.
McCormick said the debris should not pose a health hazard.
Lee County government leaders say using landfill space will help speed up cleanup efforts.