Companies propose recycling landfill for Weathersfield Township
Weathersfield Township trustees and the Weathersfield Township Board of Zoning Appeals are supporting a proposal to create a construction and demolition debris recycling center and landfill in the township.
By Ed Runyan
Township trustees and the Board of Zoning Appeals are supporting a proposal to create a construction- and demolition-debris recycling center and landfill on the west side of Warren Avenue, just south of Deforest Road.
The two companies hoping to collaborate on the business applied last week for a $250,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant that would help start up the business. The township also was part of the application.
The two companies are Southside Environmental Group of Robbins Avenue in Niles, which owns the land, and Kurtz Brothers Inc. of Cleveland.
The companies received approval from the zoning board of appeals for the business in April and May, said Gil Blair, Weathersfield Township trustee.
Blair said he had concerns initially, but he learned the operation would recycle all but 10 percent to 25 percent of the material it receives, and limitations were placed on the business to keep it from becoming an eyesore, he said.
The conditional-use permit the township board of zoning appeals approved doesn’t allow the landfill to rise above street level, nor can it receive out-of-state waste, Blair said. The location being proposed — just south of the former RG Steel mill — is in a suitable industrial area, he said.
The business would accept construction and demolition debris, separate it, grind up wood for mulch, reuse the metals and other components and landfill the rest.
Blair said a trip to a Cleveland suburb to view a Kurtz Brothers facility there helped him understand the type of facility being proposed.
Kurtz Brothers supplies landscape materials at three locations in the Cleveland area and provides products used for stormwater management, sand and aggregates, according to its website.
It also has the material- reclamation facility in Brooklyn Heights that Blair saw on his visit. It diverts 1,200 tons of construction and demolition debris daily from going into landfills, the company says.
At the facility, wood, aggregates and metals are sorted and resold. Bricks formerly used as roads or in buildings or houses are crushed, sized, sorted and bagged for reuse. Brick chips are reused as mulch in landscaped areas, on walking paths, baseball- field warning tracks and rooftops, the company said.
Jason Ziss, director of business development for Kurtz Brothers, said he’s hopeful the project will move forward, but he doesn’t have a timetable for when it might begin and said he’ll know more in a couple of weeks.
Southside Environmental uses the property now for recycling soil, Blair said.