The Springdale Planning Commission approved 8-0 the development of a recycling transfer station on North Old Missouri Road. Trucks from Cards Recycling will offload household and construction waste at this facility. Cards staff will sort the waste, pulling off most material for recycling, said Dan Christenson, company president. He noted recyclable material will be stored until sold, and other waste will be removed to various landfills within 24 hours. The company serves thousands of customers in south Benton County, north Washington County and west Madison County, Christenson said. The company is based in Fayetteville.

James Pickney with Imperial Foods and Coffee spoke against the plan. Imperial’s catering kitchen neighbors the land to the south. Newly Weds Foods, another food service company, also lies to the south. Pickney spoke of concerns with smell, pests and dust from gravel areas next door to the food facility. Chris Bakunas of McClelland Consulting Engineers said the waste will remain inside the building, which will remain closed at night. The floors will undergo cleaning once a week, he said. He also noted the company would install fencing and extra landscaping for screening. “We are willing to go above and beyond the code,” Bakunas said.

Pickney after the meeting had an initial conversation with Christenson. “They seem willing to work with us,” Pickney said. “But we don’t know what it’s going to be until it gets there.” Kevin Parsley, chairman of the Planning Commission, noted the Cards facility will lie along one of the routes people use to come into the city. The city has designated the area for industrial use and other companies there have made a commitment to keep their buildings looking nice, Parsley continued. “The city has made that a favorable neighborhood for businesses to come,” he said. “We have a huge opportunity there. Your expectations are high.”

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Author: Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
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