Planning Board OKs proposed private waste-transfer station

April 15, 1994

A proposed private waste-transfer station in Elkridge cleared its first hurdle yesterday without so much as a single letter of protest from area residents.

"It's good. We're glad it received a favorable recommendation" from the county Planning Board, said James M. Irvin, the county public works director. "With solid-waste facilities, you never know. They're always potentially controversial."

The transfer station could become the key to the county's 10-year solid-waste plan, now being considered by the County Council. The plan calls for temporarily shipping the county's trash out of the area to allow the closing of the contaminant-leaking Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville.

To be built next to Browning-Ferris Industries' recycling plant off of U.S. 1 on Cemetery Lane, the transfer station would be able to process 2,000 tons of trash a day.

Loads would be dumped by trucks onto a concrete floor, picked up by loaders and placed on a conveyor belt that takes the trash into large compactors, which would compress the material and push it into tractor-trailers for shipment.

During the three years trash would be shipped, the plan calls for county officials to join in a regional waste plan with other Baltimore-area jurisdictions.

County officials had considered building a public waste-transfer facility but decided to drop the proposal from next year's capital budget, in part because of BFI's plans to build a private facility.

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