Last Trash Train Arrives at Kentucky Landfill

The last trash train bound for a Kentucky landfill was unloaded on Tuesday.

The Big Run landfill near Ashland, Kentucky, has announced that it would cease accepting garbage by rail, but the unloading of the CSX train occurred eight months ahead of the date the company had set to cease receiving trash by rail.

CSX logo 1EnviroSolutions, which operates the Big Run Landfill said that it was ending shipments by rail ahead of schedule due to ongoing litigation.

The trash trains have been the subject of complaints of odors. The company had invested millions of dollars in developing the landfill, including building a yard to handle the trash trains.

It is unclear what will happen to the yard and the spur that leads to it. The trash had originated in New York and New Jersey.

The loss of the trash trains will mean two fewer daily trains in the CSX terminal at Russell, Kentucky, which has already been hard hit by falling coal traffic.

CSX has indicated that it will no longer be serving its Ohio Lexington Subdivision, which had hosted the trash trains.

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