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Waynesboro approves new recycling center

April 19, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - After no comment was offered from residents during a public hearing Wednesday, a recycling center proposed on East Sixth Street was unanimously approved by the Waynesboro Borough Council.

The center will weigh materials from businesses and residents, then purchase and process them, Brandon Williard said.

The recycled material is sent to mills, he said.

Williard opened Tri-State Recycling in Shippensburg, Pa., in 1999 and said the move will provide a slight expansion.

"I just thought it'd be a good location because it's between Hagerstown and Chambersburg," Williard said.

The center will accept materials like steel, aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel, according to land development plans. No hazardous materials will be handled or stored, plans note.

Trucks would pick up items from businesses, Williard said.

The proposal was the subject of a conditional use hearing because junkyards are not permitted in the industrial zone.

The recycling center also had been approved for a variance by the Waynesboro Zoning Hearing Board concerning the setback of a fence, Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.

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Grubbs said that the recycling center would be a reuse of the former B. Foster & Co. building between Ringgold and Walnut streets.

Plans show that the main structure is 19,100 square feet. The 1.66-acre lot has a smaller utility building.

After the vote in favor of the land development, Councilman Richard "Dick" George congratulated Williard.

"Young man, we wish you well," George said.

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