Refuse company plans new facility in Blaine

Walters Recycling and Refuse Service is requesting a conditional use permit (CUP) from the city to build a new Blaine municipal solid waste transfer facility.

The proposed 12,000 square-foot facility owned by George Walter will be located on approximately 7.5 acres of vacant property at 2665 101st Ave. N.E.

Planning commissioners were scheduled to review the CUP Tuesday night. The application includes requests for outside dumpster storage and waste transfer.

Associate Planner Shawn Kaye stated in a memo that the new building will be located on the southern half of Walters’ existing parcel located at 2830 101st Ave.

The proposed transfer facility will replace the existing operation located at Walter’s current office and hauling operations site. The site was approved in 1999.

According to Kaye, transfer operations will take place within the 12,000 square-foot building which will serve as the enclosed transfer facility.

A truck scale will be installed along the northwest portion of the developed area of the site.

All waste entering the site would be unloaded, sorted and reloaded entirely within the building.

The proposed transfer facility is sized to handle approximately 500 to 700 tons per day of solid waste.

No waste will be permanently stored on site and any solid waste delivered to the station typically will be transferred off-site within 24 hours, Kaye stated in her background memo.

It is estimated that the facility will have the capacity to receive approximately 200 to 250 vehicles per day and anticipates receiving an average of 130 to 160 vehicles per day, she said.

To haul away the solid waste and other recyclable waste, transfer vehicles would leave the facility at an average rate of approximately 25 vehicles per day.

Hours of operation would be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Under emergency conditions the Blaine facility may open on Sundays.

Waste hauling vehicles will access the Blaine site via 101st Avenue N.E. and Xylite Street and be inspected and weighed as before they reach the tipping area.

Walters is planning to save as many trees as possible when building the new facility, according to Kaye.

The company has proposed planting new trees and shrubs.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]