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Proposed recycling center in Waynesboro draws fire at hearing

June 27, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Hours of testimony were offered Wednesday during a public hearing about a recycling center proposed at 206 Madison Ave. in the Borough of Waynesboro.

Redemption Recycling, which would be part of the Kaimon Group, would offer recycling of nonferrous materials like aluminum, brass and copper. The recycling center also is asking permission to handle appliances.

Classified as a junkyard under local ordinance, the recycling center would be a “conditional use” on the industrially zoned land that used to be The Lumber Yard.

The Waynesboro Borough Council could place conditions on the applicant on things such as fences and screening. The council hosted a hearing Wednesday about the conditional use.

Two residents — Richard Rose and Randall Beamer — were represented by an attorney at the hearing. They circulated a petition and said they obtained 231 signatures backing their stance that a recycling center or junkyard is inappropriate for the neighborhood.

“This is not the proper location for this business,” Rose, of West Fifth Street, said in his testimony.

Shon Duty, of the Kaimon Group, said during the hearing he intends to operate a clean, well-organized business. His company already owns the ScrapRight software firm, which sells software that manages the operations of more than 160 salvage yards.

A Waynesboro recycling center could serve as not only a standalone business, but also a showroom for the hardware and software, Duty said. Technology includes ATMs, mobile applications and security cameras, he said.

Each customer is photographed, and his or her driver’s license is recorded to curb the drop-off of stolen materials, Duty said.

Beamer, also of West Fifth Street, disagreed the efforts would be successful and said he is worried people would steal metal from neighbors.

“You’re going to have unsavory characters from the Tri-State area,” he said.

Freddie Joye, of Madison Avenue, echoed Beamer’s comments about security. He said neighbors will be victimized.

“I know for a fact that will happen. People will leave mad they are turned away from the money they would get” illegally, Joye said.

The council will be receiving transcripts of the hearing and other materials from the attorneys through July 18. They are expected to vote within 45 days after that.

The recycling center’s building is about 33,000 square feet on more than an acre of land. One issue is whether the zoning hearing board will change the required setback for his 10-foot-high fence.

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