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Pa. shredder RPM Recycling appealing local stop order

Keywords: Tags  auto shredder, RPM Recycling, Nolan Perin, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania shredder RPM Recycling Inc. is appealing a decision by local officials ordering the facility to halt its recycling activities.

The Plainfield Township board of supervisors on April 12 issued a cease-and-desist order to the Wind Gap, Pa.-based company for allegedly storing its shredder fluff improperly.

Owner Nolan Perin told AMM that the matter was based on a misunderstanding, noting that the board of supervisors misinterpreted a temporary pile of fluff as evidence that RPM failed to dispose of the material.

The township couldn’t be reached for comment.

"We are obligated to get rid of our fluff after processing, but we send it through the shredder a second time," Perin said. "We send 300 to 400 tons a month back through the system, and it’s still inventory until we’re done processing it."

The pile is stored on property owned by Perin that’s adjacent to the nine-acre shredder facility.

Operations at the company have not stopped, and a meeting has been scheduled for May 29 before the local zoning hearing board.

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