Concrete Recycling Plan Concerns Crofton Manager

January 15, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A company's proposal to recycle concrete and asphalt from contractors has alarmed Crofton's town manager, who says increased truck traffic may overload an already unsafe intersection.

But after a meetingyesterday with the vice president of E. L Gardner Inc., Town ManagerJordan Harding said many of his early fears about the operation havebeen eased.

"This is not going to be a statewide operation," he said. "The people who buy concrete from him will be bringing in the rubble. But there still will be people bringing in dump trucks that will overload that intersection, and that is a concern for Crofton."

The vice president of the company, Ronnie Gardner, said the truck traffic on Route 3, near the Crofton Post Office, will not increase too much. "We don't think this is a big deal," he said.

Harding said he became concerned when he received a company flier asking for material to recycle. "We are now accepting broken concrete, asphalt, bricks, blocks andstone at our 'Crofton location,' " the flier said.

Harding did some checking and found out the company did not have a permit to acceptoutside concrete, though it had applied for a permit for a recyclingoperating and had the paperwork allowing it to stockpile rubble.

Gardner said yesterday that he made a mistake in assuming the permit he obtained from the county allowing him to recycle his own concrete also allowed him to accept outside rubble.

He said only a few trucks came in during the last week the flier was out, and he has stoppedaccepting the rubble until the proper permit is issued, which he hopes will be in about 10 days.

Gardner said he also has applied for a permit to run a large crusher, which would enable him to recycle all of his excess concrete, which amounts to between 20 and 25 tons a year.

He said the crusher costs about $500,000, and can handle moreconcrete then his company can produce. That is why he needs to accept outside concrete. He crushes it free of charge, but can sell the recycled material for profit.

Right now, Gardner said he can recycleonly about 20 percent of his excess concrete using a crude method ofseparating the

powder from larger chunks. The rest is trucked outto landfills, he said.

Ray Riggin, chief of the grading and erosion control division for the county office of inspections and permits,said the com

pany is in compliance with county zoning and environmental regulations. He said the company will need a permit from the county and possibly the state for air-quality control for the crusher.

He also said there are several recycling operations similar to what Gardner plans in the county.

"It's better that we recycle thesethings than bury them in a landfill," he said. "This is something that is not new."

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