Marion City Council voted unanimously to support the development of a second solid waste transfer facility in Marion County. The council voted 9-0 to issue a “statement of support” for the project being proposed by Marion businessman Josh Daniels, who is a former member of the council. He is the owner of Cascade Waste Disposal and Recycling LLC, which will operate the new solid waste transfer facility if he receives the needed permits and approval from state and regional agencies. Daniels, who is the owner of Josh Daniels Dumpsters and Josh Daniels & Co. residential rental properties in Marion, said he must still secure permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and approval from the DKMM (Delaware-Knox-Marion-Morrow) Solid Waste District before he can move forward with the project.
“I am not asking the city for any funding. This is a privately-funded venture,” Daniels explained to city council. “The main question that has come up – and I have spoke to DKMM, we had a our first presentation to them – is why two transfer stations? Well, it’s as simple as this; it’s the absolute beauty of competition. When you have two horses in the race, they both run faster.”
Daniels’ proposed facility would be located at 1690 Cascade Drive in Marion Township on an 8.78-acre plot of land just east of the current solid waste transfer facility operated by Republic Services at 1564 Victory Road. He said the Cascade facility would be an 8,000 square-foot complex and cost approximately $1.1 million to develop. That figure includes both construction of the building and the equipment needed to operate the solid waste transfer facility there.