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Alco Iron closer to new feeder site in San Jose

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PITTSBURGH — California 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 city’s 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 recycler’s 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 documents.

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.

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