One World Recycling, a refuse collector located in Lindenhurst, has been responsible for securing and transporting the commercial waste and debris in rail cars that pass through the yard since 2008, and now they are applying to service even more.
According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the recycling company has been authorized to process up to 370 tons of commercial waste and construction and demolition debris every day, however they applied to expand their service to 1,100 tons back in January 2013.
One World Recycling resubmitted their application in August 2013 with a proposed request for 800 tons.
“The facility building expansion is part of the permit modification proposed by the applicant, and not because of any DEC allegation or investigation,” said Lisa King, a public information officer with DEC. “The DEC staff routinely inspects the facility ensuring compliance with the current permit conditions.”
Mary Parisen, chair for Civics United for Railroad and Environmental Solutions (CURES), said she has been in touch with the DEC regarding the permit renewal request.
“Dust, odors, vectors, litter, and debris must be contained at the trash transfer station and in rail cars,” Parisen said. “This permit application is an opportunity for DEC to clean up this mess.”
According to John Lisi,president of the Daniel Street Civic Association in Lindenhurst, One World Recycling has drastically changed their business platform over the years from a small recycling company on a small plot of land, into a rail-service waste transfer station.
“This is a significant change in the ‘non-conforming use’ business that One World was allowed to start years ago,” Lisi said.
Lisi added that he was concerned over the impacts that could incur from such a large increase in waste services.
“Residents endure many unresolved safety and quality of life issues that One World creates at its current allowed daily tonnage of 370,” he said. “A permanent increase to 1,100 tons, or anything close to that, will exacerbate problems to unbearable and unacceptable levels.”
One World Recycling did not respond to requests for comment.