Waste district seeks to increase amount of recyclables
Dec. 4, 2008
By Tim Simard
In an effort to update a permit more than 15 years old, representatives of the Chittenden Solid Waste District went before Williston’s Development Review Board last week with a request to double the amount of recyclables that arrive each day.
Waste Reduction Coordinator Emily Newcomer shows bales of aluminum and plastic while giving a tour of the Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Materials Recovery Facility in June. The waste district wants to expand the facility.
The board unanimously approved the pre-application allowing the district to haul up to 200 tons of recyclable materials per day to its Material Recovery Facility.
The Development Review Board also said certain conditions have to be met in the future for a discretionary permit, including a design and cost analysis of a new road on the northern end of avenues B and C, both located off Industrial Avenue. The road would handle some of the trips haulers make to and from the facility.
The road would also come in handy if and when the Material Recovery Facility, known as the “Murf” to waste district employees, expands its size and capabilities.
The permit, originally granted in December 1992, currently allows CSWD to truck in a maximum of 100 tons per day to the Murf, along with a peak hour allotment of 52 vehicles per hour. Under the proposed revision, the waste district would increase its tons per day to 200, while keeping the same amount of peak trips.
Currently, CSWD averages 158.8 tons per day while traffic has increased by 10 percent to 15 percent, Wright said. Traffic has not increased enough to warrant a revision to the 1992 permit, he added.
“We’re still well under what was permitted in 1992,” Brian Wright, project engineer with CSWD, said of the 52 vehicles per hour allotment.
The Murf accepts recyclable materials from haulers in Chittenden County and in other surrounding towns. The materials are sorted and later sold on the open market. With improved recycling efficiency over time, the Murf has seen 50 to 60 percent growth in seven years, Wright said.
Wright said growth would level off, but is unlikely to recede, even in the face of a volatile recycling market and uncertain economy.
Wright said the prices for tons of scrap metals, paper and plastics has dropped by hundreds of dollars in less than six months. With such drastic price changes, Wright said the waste district will start charging haulers per ton dropped off starting on Jan. 1.
In-county haulers will expect to pay $20 per ton while those outside Chittenden County will expect to pay $25 per ton. Currently, the district pays haulers in the county $7 per ton. Wright admits it will be a big change.
“It’s still cheaper than dropping (materials) off at a transfer station,” Wright said.
Wright also discussed with the Development Review Board how the district was considering an expansion of its Material Recovery Facility in the near future. Space is tight with increased recycling, he told the board. The facility needs more storage space and possibly another loading bay.
“I expect we’ll be back in front of you in another year and a half,” Wright said.