recycler Alco Iron & Metal Co. has cleared an environmental
hurdle that brings it closer to landing approval for a new
feeder yard it is looking to open in San Jose.
The recycler, which needs a
conditional-use permit for the site, has received a mitigated
negative declaration after the citys director of
planning, building and code enforcement determined that the
project will have no significant impact on the environment.
The company will focus on
industrial and manufacturing customers, but will accept
material from the retail trade. It expects to serve between 30
and 80 customers daily. All ferrous and nonferrous scrap
collected will be sorted and shipped directly to customers or
to the recyclers primary facility in San Leandro, where
it is based, or sent to a port for export.
Alco Iron has agreed to
construct a 12- to 15-foot-tall noise barrier along property
lines. It also plans to use two exiting warehouses on the
7.9-acre parcel, as well as construct a new office building.
The property abuts a railroad, but it is unclear whether that
will be accessible to the yard.
In addition to a truck scale,
the company will invest in excavator cranes, a grapple, shear,
forklifts and storage containers. Initially, the new yard will
employ between five and 15 people, according to city
Alco Iron declined to comment on
the project, and there is no timetable for when the facility
could open. The company also has facilities in San Jose,
Stockton and Vallejo.