Monroe Planning and Zoning approves testing for recycling plant

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Monroe Planning and Zoning made its final decision Thursday to go ahead with a recycling plant and conduct sound testing for trucks, a major setback for neighbors.

The site of the proposed glass-to-paving recycling plant would be the largest of its kind in the United States.

Neighbors who live right behind that site are concerned about dust and noise from truck traffic and are worried it would devalue the price of their homes.

Michael Trimbach has been leading the charge for concerned citizens in town and many of them showed up at a Planning and Zoning meeting Thursday night.

"I had a conversation with the developer last night and I basically told him that if it were my business, I'd run all the trucks at night because then there's no traffic," says resident Michael Trimbach. "So what's to keep the company from running all the trucks at night?"

United Mining Northeast wants to build a 68,000-square-foot production facility that will turn glass into sand-like particles to be used by concrete manufacturers. A piece of land on the Monroe-Trumbull line on Route 25 is being earmarked for the project.

The company says if this plant is successful, they want to take their company nationwide.

United Mining Northeast has agreed to meet with neighbors in two weeks to hear their concerns and assure them that the noise and dust they are worried about will not be as bad as they think.

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