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Round Lake Park eyed for construction recycling site

Updated: February 10, 2013 2:03AM

ROUND LAKE PARK — Two currently vacant parcels of land off Route 120 at Porter Drive, about a half-mile west of the junction with Route 134, are being eyed by Elk Grove Village-based Groot Industries, Inc. for two different waste-handling facilities.

One proposal, which would process up to 750 tons of construction and demolition material for recycling or delivery to landfills, centers on the northeast corner of 120 and Porter and has had a permit pending since early September with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The second concept, which would put a general garbage-transfer station east of the proposed construction/demolition site, has no formal bid in the works after Groot withdrew a notice to file for a local siting permit on Nov. 30, according to Walter Willis, executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County.

While Willis said SWALCO takes no formal stand on construction/demolition operations and leaves their placement up to local and state officials, he added that the agency has jurisdiction and concerns regarding the garbage-transfer facility.

“Our 2009 (waste management) plan requires
host agreements with SWALCO and Lake County. We had negotiations with Groot a couple of years ago about a garbage-transfer site, but they fell apart,” said Willis, adding that, regarding the prospective Round Lake Park site, “Obviously, you don’t like putting facilities like those next to residential areas.”

Willis noted that Lake County currently does not have a garbage-transfer station, which, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a facility “where municipal solid waste is unloaded from collection vehicles and briefly held while it is reloaded onto larger long-distance transport vehicles for shipment to landfills or other treatment or disposal facilities.”

“By combining the loads of several individual waste collection trucks into a single shipment, communities can save money on the labor and operating costs of transporting the waste to a distant disposal site,” according to the EPA. “They can also reduce the total number of vehicular trips traveling to and from the disposal site, (but) they can cause an increase in traffic in the immediate area where they are located. If not properly sited, designed and operated, they can cause problems for residents living near them.”

While Groot discusses that concept with SWALCO and county officials, the construction/demolition facility has already been approved by the village and awaits a permit from the state. The proposed 14.33-acre site sits just south of Groot’s hauling-truck yard on Porter, and is zoned for industrial use.

According to documents filed by Groot with the IEPA, “development of the facility will provide an additional, needed outlet for recycling of construction and demolition debris in the village of Round Lake Park and the surrounding area.”

The application added that the operation would
receive material in an enclosed structure and would be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, though it “may operate 24 hours a day.” Also, “grinding and crushing activities” of concrete, asphalt and wood would be limited to 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and performed indoors.

“From a noise generation perspective, the site operations as proposed will be relatively consistent with those associated with the hauling yard,” the application states, adding that “malodors are not anticipated to be generated at the facility.”

Truck traffic would access the site 700 feet north of Route 120, and the intended landfill-disposal sites for material handled by Groot would include Countryside in Grayslake, Veolia in Zion and Winnebago Reclamation in Rockford. The proposal also calls for a “citizen’s convenience center” for residents to drop off “small amounts of construction and demolition material.”

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