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June 15, 2013

Danvers transfer station may expand

Company wants to accept more waste, add hours

DANVERS — The town’s transfer station operator is looking to expand.

Covanta Haverhill, the company that runs the trash transfer station, is seeking permission from the Board of Health to accept more waste from surrounding cities and towns, such as Peabody.

The facility wants to increase the amount of waste it takes in — including trash and recyclables — from 250 tons to 350 tons a day. It also wants to be open longer hours and an extra day. The hours of operation would change from the current 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Covanta also wants permission to accept small loads of presorted recyclables for transfer to another recycling facility.

The changes would amount to a nearly 60 percent increase in tonnage processed at the transfer station on East Coast Road, which is off of Route 1 south, just past the Danvers Crossing Shopping Center.

The transfer station is a metal building where trash is offloaded by trash trucks, then loaded onto larger trucks and hauled to a waste-to-energy incinerator that the company operates in Haverhill.

A mobile home park is located along East Coast Road, and homes on Helen Drive in Peabody sit to the south of the facility. Danvers health director Peter Mirandi said any residents concerned about the expansion would get a chance to air their concerns at a public hearing, most likely in August.

Officials of the company said, if they are allowed to accept more waste from surrounding towns, it would be diverted from landfills to its waste-to-energy generation plant in Haverhill. It would also allow the transfer station to accept more recycled materials from surrounding towns before they are transferred to a recycling facility. The request would not mean any physical change to the facility.

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