SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Earlier this month, 27 dead deer were discovered near the Summit County 3 Mile Landfill.
Now, the Division of Wildlife Resources says they’ve confirmed the deer had plastics in them from that landfill.
“Thirteen of the 27 dead deer that he found had either plastic bags and or latex gloves mixed in with their remains,” said Mark Hadley, spokesperson for Division of Wildlife Resources.
A witness told officials about seeing deer inside the landfill eating trash.
“Some of these dead deer were some of the deer that had been consuming plastic bags and latex gloves in the landfill,” said Hadley.
Still, it’s unclear whether plastic killed the deer.
“We don’t know exactly the role that these plastic gloves and latex gloves played, or may not have played in the death of the deer,” said Hadley.
Summit County Solid Waste Superintendent Tim Loveday says improvements are underway at the landfill already.
“I know that there are folks that are upset, and I don’t blame them,” said Loveday.
“We don’t like what we were seeing there — and we were already working on means to mitigate that,” added Loveday.
For decades, Loveday says they’ve spread about six inches of dust over the newly dumped trash each night. But, he admits, that was blowing away easily — especially this winter.
Now, they plan to use clay — which he says won’t blow away in the wind.
“We switched to using regular soil, from on-site, clay silt, some rock, it’s a lot heavier cover,” said Loveday.
“It goes on really tight, doesn’t wash off, doesn’t blow off — and animals can’t really dig through that either.”