CSWD seeks permit revision for recovery facility11/20/08

Nov. 20, 2008
By Tim Simard
Observer staff

Officials with the Chittenden Solid Waste District will go before the Development Review Board on Tuesday to ask for a permit revision, which would allow the district to double the weight of recyclable loads to its Material Recovery Facility.

The permit, originally granted in December 1992, currently allows CSWD to truck in a maximum of 100 tons per day to the facility, better known as the “Murf.” The permit allows a peak allotment of 52 vehicles per hour.

Under the proposed revision, CSWD wants to increase its tons per day to 200 — it already exceeds the 100 allotted tons — while keeping the same amount of peak trips.

The Murf is located on Avenue C, off Industrial Avenue. The site processes all recyclable materials for Chittenden County.

Brian Wright, project manager for the district, said CSWD had been conducting a review of all permits and conditions when he said he noticed Williston’s permit limited trips and tonnage.

“We really just want to upgrade our permit and be in compliance with the town,” Wright said.

Wright said as more people recycle, the Murf has become busier than ever.

“People continue to recycle more and more,” Wright said. “With more materials comes somewhat more traffic.”

Currently, CSWD is averaging 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, saying that in a peak hour the facility will see 30 vehicles.

With the increase of recyclables will come the additional need for space, Wright said. CSWD is looking at expanding its operations on Avenue C and in the next few years will see if there is room to expand at the current location.

“We’re up to our rafters over there,” Wright said.

The Development Review Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.