Firm wants to operate facility that processes construction debris in Claremont

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 5/27/2019 9:38:31 PM

CLAREMONT — The Planning Board will consider a site plan Tuesday from American Recycling for construction and demolition material for a proposed transfer station that would use the adjacent rail line.

The plans on file in the Planning and Development office from American Recycling on Industrial Boulevard state that the existing building next to the rail siding would be demolished down to the concrete slab. The slab would then be enlarged with more concrete on the east and west ends.

Francesco Finocchiaro, co-owner of the recycling business with Dave Schiebel, said last week they see a strong demand to dispose of construction and demolition debris.

With no new landfills being permitted, disposal options are becoming more and more difficult to find. As an example, he noted that aas of May 1, the landfill in Lebanon is no longer accepting construction and demolition.

“We are proposing a transfer station to export construction and demolition material out of New England,” Finocchiaro said. “We are hoping to alleviate the pressure on towns and businesses that have to get rid of this stuff. No doubt it is a problem.”

The proposed process would have trucks backing up and dumping a load on the concrete slab. From there, recyclables, including metals, would be sorted out using excavating machines and brought across Industrial Boulevard to the recycling area. The remainder would be loaded onto rail cars.

“We want to recycle as much as we can,” Finocchiaro said.

As for how many trucks would arrive each day and the number of rail cars moving the material, Finocchiaro said they are still learning about the market so he was not certain at this point.

The application states that no material would be left on the slab overnight and new fencing would be erected with fabric to cut down on dust. Hours of operation would be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the machines operating 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If American Recycling obtains approval of its site plan from the Planning Board it would still need state permits from the Department of Environmental Services. Finocchiaro expects a long permitting process at the state level and said optimistically they would like to be permitted by next spring.

Currently the rail spur, which runs off the main line at Claremont Junction, is for the delivery of road salt to a shed near Mulberry Street. The railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming of Darien, Ct.

Finocchiaro said they have spoken to railroad officials and received a positive response.

“It will bring in more revenue for the railroad,” he said.

If approved, the transfer station operation could add between eight and 12 jobs over time, he said. American Recycling, which handles other recyclables including paper and cardboard, employs six.

Also Monday night, the board will hear a site plan for a day care center in a former Bond Auto parts store at 11-13 Main Street, just off Opera House Square.

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