Monroe Planning and Zoning OKs controversial recycling plant

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Bad news for a neighborhood in Monroe that has been fighting against a proposed recycling plant.

Planning and Zoning gave the 68,000-square-foot glass-to-paving type of recycling plant plan the green light Thursday night.

The developer says the plant will be the largest of its kind in the United States.  But people who live near the site are concerned, saying something like that just doesn't belong there.

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The idea is that glass will be turned into sand, which will then be used for concrete.

The facility will be located near the Monroe-Trumbull line.

Developer John Kimball says United Mining Northeast picked Monroe because of Fairfield County's population base for glass recycling.  He wants to keep manufacturing in the U.S., and says if the Monroe location is a success, he'd like to expand across the country.

Community members are against it citing dust, traffic, and noise pollution among other things.

Kimball argues residents in the neighborhood are at a different elevation and won't see the building or deal with too much noise.  Sound testing for trucks will also be conducted.

United Mining Northeast will meet with community members in two weeks to hear their concerns.
 

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