Blaine council approves waste transfer facility permit

Walters Recycling and Refuse Service, Inc.’s request for a new, 12,000 square-foot municipal solid waste transfer facility has gained Blaine City Council approval.

The facility will replace the existing transfer operation that’s located at Walter’s current office and hauling operations site at 2830 101st Ave. in Blaine.

Bryan Schafer, planning and community development director, said the new station would be located on a vacant 7.5-acre parcel located on 101st Avenue N.E.

“This is a fairly significant on-site expansion,” Schafer told councilmembers during an Aug. 2 conditional use permit (CUP) review and discussion.

Schafer provided an updated summary of operations that could be expected at the new facility, which will be limited to 99,000 tons in annual volume.

The new facility would receive an average of 315 tons per day of construction and demolition debris, solid waste, yard waste and recyclable materials.

On average, 40 collection trucks and 30 private citizen vehicle drop-offs would occur each day at the facility. About 25 semi-trailer trucks would bring loads out.

The transfer building will be constructed on the south half of the parcel.

Operations will take place within the 12,000 square-foot building, Schafer told the council.

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

No waste will be permanently stored on site and solid waste delivered to the transfer station will typically be transferred within 24 hours. Schafer said.

The new building will be built primarily of pre-cast concrete and some metal, Schafer said.

Because Walters is planning to save as many trees as possible when building the new facility, Schafer said a built-up screening berm won’t be required.

According to Schafer, as area development occurs, an increase in traffic may warrant a traffic signal at the intersection of 101st Avenue and Xylite Street.

Blaine and the Anoka County Highway Department will monitor traffic volumes and signal warrants. Walters could be assessed for any new signals.

Business owner George Walters addressed the council during discussion Aug. 2.

“We are running out of room,” Walters said. “Our current facility is 15 years old and obsolete. And, it’s kind of an eyesore.”

Walters said he’s also looking at adding a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station as a future project on the site.

Hours of operation for the new facility would be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Under emergency conditions the facility could be 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.

According to the company’s website, Walters Recycling and Refuse, Inc, is one of the seven largest waste companies in Minnesota .

The company also ranks in the top 100 U.S. collection companies.

Walters’ customer base includes 33,000 residential and 3,400 commercial, industrial and roll-off customers, the website stated.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]