Genesee County landfill might be mined for recyclables

The state says a company wants to buy a Genesee County landfill and possibly mine it for buried recyclables in an operation that would be unique in Michigan.

Clarkston-based TerRenova has offered $1 million for the shuttered Richfield Landfill in Richfield Township, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says the proposed mining hasn't been detailed in writing but has been discussed in meetings with TerRenova. The DEQ says TerRenova also is considering a waste-to-energy operation on the 272-acre property.

TerRenova has been negotiating with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee to buy the landfill, which an unsold asset of another business. TerRenova last month applied for a license to operate the landfill and DEQ officials say the application is under review.