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Calif. recycler’s expansion plan rejected

Dec 17, 2013 | 12:15 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  recycler, expansion, Ace Recycling, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Ace Recycling of Huntington Park, Calif., has been denied permission to expand after the city council rejected the recommendation of its planning commission.

The city planning commission had recommended in September that a conditional use permit be issued to allow for the expansion of the two-year-old metal collection and recycling facility. But council members have voted unanimously against the proposal after a dozen residents voiced concerns about noise, dust and traffic. The council also plans to review all recyclers in the town to make sure they are in compliance.

Ace Recycling purchased the adjacent property in hope of expanding a 23,531-square-foot building with a 6,080-square-foot warehouse addition and an 8,080-square-foot canopy that would shield processing activities. The size of the property increased to nearly 2.9 acres from just under 1 acre, according to city documents.

The company, which could not be reached for comment, buys and processes 150 tons of material per day and needs additional processing space as its daily tonnage continues to grow. After processing material, Ace Recycling ships it to export customers in containers.

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