Town approves Shaw expansion

  • The future site of Greater Waste Solutions, a recycling transfer station, on Route 31 in Greenville. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 31, 2017 11:1PM

The Planning Board gave its approval to Glen Shaw of Greater Waste Solutions to expand facilities to allow for solid waste collection and a recyclables transfer station on Thursday night.

Shaw was represented by Chad Brannon of Fieldstone Engineering, who presented the company’s plans to the board during a sparsely-attended public hearing. 

The recycling center would have a single entrance and exit onto Route 31, and would attempt to manage traffic within the site by having separate “loops” for traffic heading to the transfer station, or trucks headed to the solid waste collection or scrap metal recycling portions of the business, explained Brannon. 

The plan includes a new, 20,062 square foot building which would serve as the dumping and sorting location for solid waste, located behind an existing office and scrap metal collection building. 

Tim Washburn, who lives in the area, said he was concerned about the potential odor from the facility, as well as the proposed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. hours of operation.

“It’s kind of a noisy business,” said Washburn.

Members of the Planning Board also expressed concern on those two issues. Planning Board member Mike Sadowski commented that there have been complaints of traffic accessing the sites before that 7 a.m. start time.

“The hours of operation may be 7 to 7, but traffic goes beyond that,” said Sadowski.

Shaw replied that the solid waste disposal would be occurring within a building, which should reduce odor issues, and that solid waste would be removed from the site regularly, not hanging around for days. 

Likewise, he added, recyclable material will also not be stockpiled excessively on the site. When asked about material such as tires and cardboard, Shaw explained that there would be storage containers for those materials, which would be emptied as they filled, and would not be left out to make an eyesore. 

And though the plans proposed a 12-hour work day, said Shaw, the actual hours of operation would likely be less than that. He suggested that at least for part of the year, the working day was more likely to conclude at 5 p.m.

When asked about hazardous materials, Shaw informed the board that none would be accepted except used oil.

The board agreed in a 3-0 decision to approve the site plan for the project, with conditions of Shaw receiving state approvals, which he said will be applied for in the coming weeks. 


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.