Waste Not Recycling Project Update (July 22, 2022)
Thanks to Denise Hartsough for bringing this to our attention at the July neighborhood association meeting, this week:
NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATION FOR A SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has received a construction permit application for the Waste Not Recycling – Solid Waste Facility at 3025 Ravine Road, Kalamazoo Michigan 49006.
Waste Not Recycling is proposing to construct a new transfer facility and processing plant to accommodate receipt of, loading, and transport of municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition (C&D) material. The proposed facility would sit on 5.19 acres of land in Kalamazoo County.
The complete application may be reviewed by appointment at the Kalamazoo District Office, EGLE, at 7953 Adobe Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
A public hearing shall be held after the department makes a preliminary review of the application and all pertinent data and before a construction permit is issued or denied if a written request is submitted by the municipality within 30 days after the publication of this notice, or by a petition submitted to the department containing a number of signatures equal to not less than 10 percent of the number of registered voters of the municipality where the proposed disposal area is to be located who voted in the last gubernatorial election. The petition shall be validated by the clerk of the municipality.
Mulder C&D Recycling Update. 04/11/2022
The DNR approved the new KRV Trail crossing and crews were cutting trees, this week, to clear way for the new entrance to the new recycling center.
Would presume that construction will begin soon.
Details of the project below
Mulder C&D Recycling Update.
This is a summary of what I heard about the Waste Not Construction & Demolition Recycling project at the Kalamazoo Township Planning Commission Meeting May 6, 2021
Mulder asked for and was granted a one year extension of the Township’s conditional approval of the project – pending approval by the other required groups/agencies/governments.
I heard that the business model is not addressed by the County’s solid waste program so the County formed a board to deal with this part. The group has been meeting monthly and approval could come within the next 30 days in the form of an amendment to the solid waste program.
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail must approve the additional crossing of the trail, something they don’t like to do. The adjoining property to the south east (2 lots) has a crossing although heavily overgrown and un-kept. That right of way was issued by the railroad and the KRVT honors that as it’s the only access to that property.
Until this approval is made, the project has no access to Ravine Road.
It is believed that access to Ravine Road is essential as the Planning Commission deemed access to Nichols road would be unsafe and added that to the conditions of the original approval.
All the other approvals have been granted by the county and township governments.
C&D Recycling Center To Bring Jobs to Westwood
By Art Mulder
A specialized recycling center proposed for Westwood will bring new jobs, a new use for an old property, and great environmental benefits.
I’m part of this project, in partnership with Waste Not Recycling. We’re looking to build a construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling center and transfer station on the southeast corner of Ravine Road and Nichols Road. This facility will be 20,000 square feet, with the goal of expanding another 15,000 feet in the future. We’ll employ 20 full-time workers—which will create another 27 indirect jobs in the community.
Any time a new business comes along, people have questions. We’re eager to answer them! Let’s tackle a few we’ve heard already:
What is C&D waste? C&D waste comes from construction, renovation, repair and demolition of homes, buildings and other structures, roads and public works projects. It includes concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood, metals, bricks, glass and landscaping debris. Without recycling, those things make up at least 20% of all municipal waste going to landfills. By recycling them, we cut landfill waste and help the construction industry with lower-cost recycled materials.
What will people see or hear when the operation is running? All operations will be indoors, so there will be very little noise or visible debris. We’ll also use specialized equipment and paved surfaces to stop dust and odor. Truck traffic will be directed to and from Ravine Road. And we’ll landscape the property so it fits with the surroundings, including the trail. We want to be proud of the site in the way it looks and the way it runs.
Will you be handling any hazardous waste? No. That’s an entirely different kind of operation from C&D recycling. We’re also different from a typical scrap metal operation, which can be noisy and smelly. We want to be both a good business and a good neighbor.
Why build this in our community? The C&D recycling industry is a $7 billion enterprise, supporting 28,000 American jobs while saving 3 billion square yards of landfill space. We think our community ought to tap into that economic driver. Local builders have told us this will be a great asset. But there’s an even bigger reason. As a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo and a Westwood businessman, I know this community has the best workers, the best quality of life, and a commitment to improving the environment. I can’t think of a better home for our recycling center.
If you have more questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you. And we’ll answer quickly! Send us an email at email@example.com.
Art Mulder is President of Mulder’s Landscape Supplies, Inc., 3333 Ravine Road. A fact sheet about the proposed C&D recycling center follows.