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Canadian recycler faces possible closure

Keywords: Tags  metals recycler, Salt Springs Metal Recyling, John Quesnel, Schnitzer Steel Industries, British Columbia recycler, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — The owner of a British Columbia metals recycler won’t give up on trying to stay in business, even after local officials rejected his rezoning application, he said.

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee voted to not proceed with Salt Spring Metal Recycling’s rezoning application, which would have brought the business into compliance.

"I have fought this for eight years, treated the water and have been a good steward of the land," owner John Quesnel told AMM.

Quesnel’s business remains open, but he now faces a cease-and-desist hearing in September. He is evaluating his options and, with the exception of two neighbors, has the support of the local community, he said.

"I am not giving up and not shutting the doors," Quesnel said.

The company is the only recycler on the island, which has 10,000 residents. Quesnel gets up to 15 customers per day, he said, and sends 18 to 20 tons of material at a time in containers to Portland, Ore.-based Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. for processing.

Quesnel, a native of the area, has invested $150,000 in the facility and doesn’t want to relocate off the island, Quesnel said.

"The most frustrating part is the island’s trust has a unique form of government that has stymied and stopped commercial and industrial space. The community has supported my efforts," he added.

The committee didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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