Concern over waste facility grows

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – More than 100 organized and concerned residents who live on the border of Milton and Forsyth County showed up to a standing room only meeting to discuss the expansion of a recycling facility.

At the informational meeting on Aug. 14 at Midway Warehouse in Alpharetta, residents voiced their opposition to Advanced Disposal Recycling Services’ proposed expansion, which would likely bring in municipal waste and double the facility’s size to 76,000 square feet, if approved.

Forsyth County Commissioner Todd Levent and the county’s Planning and Community Development Director Tom Brown fielded questions and raised new ones about the project.

As it stands, the county has zoned the Advanced Disposal property as M-1, or light industrial, and M-2, heavy industrial. This allows for the most aggressive type of zoning, including waste treatment.

The 8.6-acre property does have a conditional use permit for a 17,000-square-foot recycling collection facility off Shirlee Industrial Way. The new request is for a 76,000-square-foot waste handling facility that would generate about 120 new truck trips per day to the area, which abuts several Milton and Forsyth County residences.

Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood was also in attendance at the meeting to learn about the project and hear his constituents’ opinions.

Advanced Disposal has submitted parts of their expansion application and is currently revising their application, Brown said.

“The application now identifies that they have an existing recovered materials facility and they are requesting a materials recovery facility,” Brown said.

The next steps will be updates from Advanced Disposal on their application, which would then be reviewed by the county’s engineering and water and sewer departments for notes. Following the submittal, Brown said a public hearing with the Planning Commission can take place. No date is yet scheduled.

Residents at the meeting said the project does not belong in the community, noting the added traffic, noise and smell a waste facility would generate.

Those opposed to the project have also created a Facebook group called A Smelly Plan and have also sent out emails and created online petitions.

Calls for comment from Advanced Disposal attorneys were not returned by our deadline.

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