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Public Hearing 9/14 re: Recycling Plant moving to Beacon

There is a Public Hearing tomorrow, Tuesday at 7PM at City Hall during the Planning Board meeting concerning a large Recycling Plant moving to Beacon.

According to the concerned citizen who emailed me:

"It wants to locate at the Westage Industrial site on Hwy 52, which is across from Chemprene. This will be a Regional recycling plant that will draw traffic from as far away as CT, Westchester, and perhaps even the Albany area.

It is projected to have up to 70 or 74 trucks per day entering and leaving the facility. These will be large trucks; like trash trucks, and tractor trailers.

I think that is a lot of heavy traffic on Hwy 52, which of course is one of Beacon’s three entrances. I’m also concerned about possible traffic accidents over a period of time, as like I say – these are heavy trucks. Note: they have said that they will be minimum wage as far as hires."

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Comment by Steve Knowles on November 9, 2010 at 9:18am
Yes, you know that the positives are being inflated and the negatives are being depressed.
Comment by Steve Knowles on November 9, 2010 at 9:16am
To Justin Riccobono:

So expand the facility in Newburgh! The facility itself is not the real issue, it's the diesel trucks and the tons of air pollution, not to mention the traffic congestion and noise caused by the trucks.
Comment by Jill Corson on September 25, 2010 at 9:18am
Did anyone attend the meeting? Hank Dutch of Beacon wrote a letter to the editor to the Beacon Free Press about this issue. It is published in the Sept. 22 issue of the newspaper. Has the City reversed the covenant on that land prohibiting recycling facilities on that site?
Comment by Birdy on September 16, 2010 at 3:58pm
Anyone go to the meeting? Has it been established the number of jobs? Is "they" right about them being minimum wage? Regarding the traffic, it has been established they will be coming in from exit 12, Fishkill right? So any real bads?
Comment by Amy Brosey on September 15, 2010 at 8:54am
Thanks for the heads-up about the Newburgh facility. I would be delighted if everyone's concerns were addressed and the facility is all plusses for Beacon (and no minuses). With a town as small as Beacon, I think it pays to be skeptical about such things, until everyone gets the info.
Comment by Justin Riccobono on September 15, 2010 at 8:31am
Hudson Baylor is HQ'd in Newburgh. I have done work with them in the past and there facility is clean. there are no odors and will be a great benefit not only to Beacon but to Dutchess county which is also going through a process within the legislature about county garbage and recycling. Go by the Hudson Baylor Facility in Newburgh and investigate the odor, i am sure you will be pleased.
Comment by Philomena on September 14, 2010 at 11:02pm
Hopefully some concrete info will come out of the planning meeting, as the issues raised here sound like rumor. I checked out the company's website, and they recycle a lot of different materials, and have a lot of big name customers. Hard to say that the processes would or would not produce any type of odor at all. As for the traffic, Rt 52 is heavily used by trucks already, and that site across from Chemprene looks like an abandoned construction dump. It is ironic as so many folk are always lamenting the loss of manufacturing/factory-type jobs in Beacon, and bingo, here are some - why would the city not allow this ? But, I guess we'll see what comes out of the planning meeting.
Comment by Amy Brosey on September 14, 2010 at 9:14pm
I was going by the original post, which mentioned that the jobs were minimum wage. I don't think anyone is saying recycling is not a good idea. But for homeowners, it is troubling that the city would allow this. The increase in truck traffic is troubling, but I am most troubled by possible odors driving down property values of nearby residential areas. And these recycling facilities are not always as green as they say they are. A lot of toxins could wind up in the nearby creek.
Comment by Birdy on September 14, 2010 at 7:56pm
who decided they are minimum wage jobs? Or is that just a rumor? Unbelievable. A company, a green company no less, comes bearing jobs-tax money and right away people are not only complaining but lying about the wages.
Comment by Ben Royce on September 14, 2010 at 5:39am
i'm with birdy on this

everyone's an environmentalist until there is a TOD to be built nearby (more dependence on trains, less dependence on cars) or a recycling plant to be built nearby (recycling, for crying out loud: responsible waste management)

suddenly, no one is an environmentalist

NIMBY hypocrisy

i welcome a large TOD (if it is all residences, no businesses), i welcome the recycling plant

environmentally responsible economic growth for beacon, please!

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