Tiverton’s Site Ready becomes Fall River’s dumping ground

L.A.L. trucks like this one carry Fall River's recycling to  processing center in Auburn, Mass.

L.A.L. trucks carry Fall River’s recycling from Site Ready transfer site to a materials recycling facility (MRF) in Auburn, Mass.

TIVERTON — The City of Fall River is now trucking all its yard waste and all its single stream recycling materials to Site Ready, located at 322 Eagleville Road.

This news comes at a time when the Tiverton Planning Board is considering a Master Plan Application from Site Ready “to increase the recycling capabilities” of the existing Site Ready operation on Eagleville Road.

The quantity of yard waste and recycling materials from Fall River being taken to Site Ready, said Fall River’s Director of Community Maintenance, Ken Pacheco, is estimated at 3,000 tons per year of yard waste and between 4,800-6,000 tons of single stream recycling yearly (about 400-500 tons monthly, he said).

Mr. Pacheco said that “no more than” six Fall River collection trucks per day of single stream recycling is being sent over Tiverton roads to Site Ready, while on a weekly basis (each day varies) anywhere from 23-25 such trucks carry yard waste to the Eagleville Road location.

The Fall River vehicles, he said, are 10-wheelers — typical refuse or collection trucks — with a capacity of 10-16 tons. Mr. Pacheco said that Fall River began sending single stream recycling in the trucks to Site Ready “in about 2011,” and that the city’s yard waste has been sent to Site Ready since about 2008-2009.

Single stream recycled materials are unsorted by residents disposing of them or by those that pick them up. Paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, metals, bottles, cans, and other recyclables are all put into residential container that are then picked up curbside and emptied into Fall River collection trucks that are driven to Site Ready.

Scales inside Site Ready weigh trucks that could queue up while waiting.

Scales inside Site Ready weigh trucks that could queue up while waiting.

From the Eagleville property in Tiverton, the recyclable materials are transferred into trucks operated by L.A.L. Construction (affiliated with Site Ready and located at the same address). The L.A.L. trucks then transport the recyclables to a materials recycling facility (MRF) in Auburn, Massachusetts, near Wooster, said Mr. Pacheco.

“Waste is big business,” he said. The arrangement to send Fall River’s recyclables to the MRF in Auburn, Mr. Pacheco said, is the subject of contract between Fall River and Casella Resource Corporation, a company that accepts recyclables, sorts them, and sells them on the international market.

The yard waste, on the other hand, is taken by Fall River’s trucks to Site Ready, “where they mix it and sell it,” Mr. Pacheco said. Fall River pays Site Ready by the truckload ($177 per truck load, Mr. Pacheco says) for the yard waste it sends to it.

The Master Plan Application was filed in April, 2012, and was signed by Marcello Louro, who heads both Site Ready Materials and Recycling and L.A.L. Construction, both of which are located at 322 Eagleville Road. The proposal says, if approved, it “will allow Site Ready to accept recyclable materials, construction and demolition debris, and municipal solid waste and transfer this material to off-site facilities.”

In describing existing conditions at the Eagleville site, the application says “[r]eclaimed materials such as soil, asphalt, brick, concrete, and aggregate are processed on-site for recycling. Leaf and yard waste is composted and used to amend loam.”

The application says “the proposed project includes expanding the recycling capabilities of the operation to include a transfer station and single stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).”

No specific mention is made in the Master Plan Application that Fall River yard waste and single stream recycling is already being delivered to Site Ready, or that it is already acting as a transfer station for Fall River’s recycling before shipping it to the Auburn MRF.

Mr. Louro was  asked at a planning boat meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, if there was any difference in the existing conditions at Site Ready from what he described in the Master Plan Application.

“We submitted this quite a ways back,” he said. “Existing conditions change every day, so at the time we didn’t we didn’t have contracts in place. Now we do have some contracts in place, so conditions change, ’cause we’re a business and we have to be able to adapt to different conditions.” Asked again by a questioner if conditions were different today than when the plan was submitted, he said “absolutely not.”

At the end of the Jan. 8 planning board meeting, Tiverton Building and Zoning Official Gareth Eames presented a memorandum to the board he’d written that same day to Town Administrator James Goncalo. In it Mr. Eames said he’d inspected the Site Ready property on Nov. 3 with Mr. Louro and his lawyer, Eric Brainsky, and noted certain activities or conditions he’d observed.

siteready6In his memorandum, Mr. Eames noted several activities or machinery consistent with composting operations that he’s observed during the inspection, and said in his memorandum that a special use permit for processing and manufacturing compost is required in areas outside a groundwater protection area. He made no mention of having seen any single stream recycling, nor did he mention whether a special use permit was required for processing single stream recycling.

Asked about Fall River’s yard waste that Mr. Pacheco said has been sent to Site Ready since 2008 or 2009, Mr. Brainsky said “I don’t know that we are accepting yard waste from the City of Fall river. I’d have to talk with my client.” Mr. Brainsky declined further comment about Site Ready and yard waste.

He said, also, that he had no comment regarding the single stream recycling Mr. Pacheco says Site Ready is getting from Fall River.

Asked whether Site Ready has a special use permit to process yard waste or accept single stream recycling, Mr. Brainsky said, ” no comment.” He said, “I’m answering in this fashion because Mr. Eames said he’s considering an investigation.”

The planning board has the Master Plan Application — which has come under fire from nearby residents — under consideration, and has not taken a vote on it either way. Its next meeting on the matter will be on March 5.

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