WRG has submitted a planning application to extend the life of Arpley landfill site in Warrington - despite local opposition to the plan.
A three-stage public consultation process on the proposal to extend the site’s closure by 12 years from 2013 has been ongoing since October 2010.
The company says the plan is not for an increase in the volume of waste the site will receive, but an increase in time to complete operations and restoration.
When the landfill site is closed it will become part of the Moore Nature Reserve.
It said: “WRG will extend its commitment to manage and operate the Moore Nature Reserve by a further 14 years”.
Local residents now have until 25 January 2012 to submit objections.
The Arpley Landfil Opposition Group is backed by a number of local councillors.
Coucillor Pat Wright told the Warrington Guardian: “Everyone is geared up and ready for the fight. There’s no way we want to see it extended until 2025.”
More than 200 local people have signed a petition opposing the extension, citing noise, litter, traffic and danger from lorries as objections.
WRG says the landfill capacity is needed as other local sites are due to close in coming years.