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Recycling center proposed for Waynesboro

March 12, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Development of a new recycling center in the Borough of Waynesboro could be affected by municipal fees and requirements, the company’s owner said Monday.

Shon Duty, president and chief executive officer of Kiamon Group Inc., presented the Waynesboro Planning Commission with a sketch plan for redevelopment of the former Lumber Yard building at 206 Madison Ave., which is off South Potomac Street.

Duty has proposed opening a recycling center that would handle nonferrous materials such as aluminum, brass, nickel and copper. Also on the industrially zoned site would be his business’ existing operations for selling hardware and software used by salvage yards nationwide to manage their work.

His company’s office is at 16 S. Mulberry Ave., Waynesboro.

Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs and the planning commission presented Duty with issues about the site, saying he will need variances for setbacks and several conditional use agreements. He needs to submit a formal land-development plan and undergo a public hearing  before the Waynesboro Borough Council.

Duty expressed concerns about spending so much money on the multi-month process with no guarantee the project will be approved.

“I guess that’s going to be my next decision,” he said.

Traffic would enter the facility through one gate, unload materials and exit through another gate. Recyclables would be weighed, cut, stripped, packed and shipped elsewhere, but they would not be burned.

Duty said all materials and hoppers would be pulled inside the existing building overnight to prevent theft.

He currently employs 20 people and anticipates hiring 15 more if the recycling center opens.

Planning commission members said a recycling center that previously received approval on Sixth Street caused several problems, saying it drained fluids improperly and did not complete plant and fencing requirements. 

“It was a complete disaster,” said Stephen Monn, chairman of the planning commission.

The facility has since closed.

Planning commission member Harold Mumma said he expects the borough council will be strict about a new recycling center’s operations.

“We got burned once, and I’m running a little scared,” he said, saying he does appreciate the materials being pulled inside overnight.

Planning commission member Dick Rose said he worries about increased traffic in that area, in part because of a nearby child care center.

“It doesn’t seem to me that’s the right thing for the area because of the traffic,” he said.

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