Neighbors voice opposition to trash transfer site proposed in St -

Neighbors voice opposition to trash transfer site proposed in St Charles County

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The proposed waste transfer site. Credit: KMOV The proposed waste transfer site. Credit: KMOV

A municipal solid waste transfer station is proposed in unincorporated St. Charles County.

The proposed site is located along Arena Parkway/South River Road and Friedens Road, near the St. Charles Family Arena and the Katy Trail.

The proposal submitted to the county states it would serve as a place to consolidate trash. It estimates 125 collection vehicles would bring residential and commercial waste to the transfer station. The waste would then be unloaded and then reloaded on to semis. It’s estimated about 40 semis a day would be loaded and then taken to a landfill.

Luke Persell’s home backs up to the current quarry site where the transfer station would be built. He said his family recently got a letter from the county about an upcoming hearing on the proposal on November 15.

“It’s 20 yards from our house, there’s all kinds of issues that’s can be associated from smell, the amount of traffic, the decline in property value so it was pretty blindsiding to see that,” Persell said.

Persell said he’s hoping the community will ban together to fight against the proposal becoming reality.

There’s also a petition being shared among neighbors on Facebook.

Resident Jon Bennett and former member of the Missouri House of Representatives is concerned this could open the door for trash dumping in the future.

“The next thing that’s most likely going to happen there’s a hole right next to them and they’re going to say we already have a transfer station here we might as well fill this thing up as well,” said Bennett.

He also fears this could impact St. Charles City’s plan to develop between the Family Arena and 70 bridge.

The proposal said it would not accept any hazardous waste at the site. It would accept up to a thousand tons a day of waste. Currently the site accepts “inert/clean soil materials only”.

The proposal states that consolidating waste saves on fuel and time.

The planned route of the trucks would travel south on Arena Parkway and then west on Missouri Route 364 to the freeway.

The proposal will go in from the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning on November 15.

It’s planned to be on the County Council agenda in December.

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