Shaw Environmental & Groot Industries Presentation Feb 16th
Today the two companies held a joint public presentation to explain in greater detail the proposed waste transfer station planned for the NE corner of Rt. 120 and Porter in the Village of Round Lake Park. On display were several large artists renderings of what the facility would look like on the outside. There was also an aerial view showing where the facility would be located in relation to existing businesses, highways, and residential subdivisions.
First, let me say that we all know that our local sanitary dumps are. or will soon be, reaching their maximum capacity. Thus, there is a need to haul local garbage to locations farther away that will still have the capacity that we lack. Combining the contents of four smaller capacity trucks into much larger capacity trucks would make sense since it cuts down on the number of trucks on the roads and saves on fuel to transport the waste to other areas. These types of waste transfer stations are not a new idea and have been in use for quite some time, just not in Lake County. With that being said, we all need to keep an open mind and decide if this is the best location for a waste transfer station in our area, what effects it will have on surrounding residential areas, additional truck traffic, and any environmental concerns such as air and noise quality as well as ground water contamination.
According to information already submitted to SWALCO, the estimated capacity of the facility would be 750 tons of locally picked up waste per day. This would be brought in on the rigs normally seen in your neighborhood picking up our garbage. These trucks are capable of carrying approximately 6 tons. Once they arrive at the waste transfer facility, the vehicle is weighed and their load is dumped onto a concrete floor. They then leave the facility empty. The waste that is dumped is then observed and depending on the content is loaded into much larger trailers capable of carrying 24 tons of waste. Once these larger trailers are full they are driven to sanitary dumps that may be as far away as Rockford.
I was told at the presentation that after each day’s shift, the areas where the loads are dumped and scooped up will be swept clean using an industrial grade sweeper. There would be no excess waste laying on the ground and the only waste still in the building would be a large trailer bed that wasn’t fully loaded at the time of closing. According to the information that has been submitted, the hours of operation are expected to be from 4:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and 4:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Saturday. The waste that is brought into the facility will not stay there and get any worse smelling than it was when it arrived since it is always going to be transferred from one truck to another and remnants cleaned up at the end of the day.
For what it’s worth, in my opinion we must accept the fact that we need to plan ahead for our garbage disposal needs, since statistics show that the average person generates 6.1 pounds per capita per day. From what was presented it seems as though, other than added truck traffic that could add as many as 156 more trucks on top of the 80 expected from the demolition and debris site, the operation seems quite compact in the sense of operation and cleanliness. My suggestion to Shaw officials was to add traffic signals when the intersection is improved so that when a truck was in the eastbound turning lane they would not be turning big 18 wheeled vehicles in front of oncoming traffic. If a driver were to miss a gear during the turn or misjudge the speed of an oncoming car it could result in a very bad accident and possible injuries. Likewise, sensors poured in the pavement of the southbound Porter lanes would trigger a light change. When there was no traffic in the Rt. 120 eastbound turn lane or the Porter southbound lanes, Route 120 traffic would move along unimpeded by any light changes. Safety must be the first priority!
They had a great little video at the presentation that I want to share with those who were unable to attend. It shows how the facility will operate and might help clear up any concerns many of you may have since we don’t have one nearby to visit.