Buffalo Council Member David P. Rutecki is urging opposition to a proposed recycling center in the Town of Tonawanda because of concerns that it will increase truck traffic, noise and odors in a nearby Buffalo neighborhood.
The Tonawanda Town Board two weeks ago approved a permit for Browning-Ferris Industries to operate the facility in the Western Electric Building at 2321 Kenmore Ave.
Permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation are still pending, however.
During a meeting of the Common Council on Wednesday, Rutecki, who represents the Riverside neighborhood as part of his North District, introduced a resolution opposing the facility. He said the city's formal opposition to the plant may trigger an additional review of the project by the DEC.
In addition, Rutecki has asked the corporation counsel to launch legal actions to keep the DEC from issuing permits for the center.
Rutecki said the issue has been referred to Council's Economic Development Committee, which will hold a public hearing on his resolution at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Council Chambers.
Rutecki said that while he strongly supports recycling, the BFI center amounts to "failed planning in regional solid-waste disposal."
A major concern, he said, is the potential for increased truck traffic. He contends that a maximum of 18 trucks per hour will enter and leave the facility. Many of them, he said, will travel city streets.
He said there also is a potential for odor and rodent problems because the center will accept unsorted loads of recyclables as opposed to presorted glass, paper, cardboard and plastic.
Tonawanda Town Supervisor Ronald H. Moline Friday said the town has carried out its responsibility to review the project and addressed all environmental concerns.
BFI and the town sponsored two public information hearings in February and November in an attempt to answer concerns of residents. And a six-month-long, town-sponsored environmental review of the project determined it would not harm neighborhoods.
In addition, the Town Board and BFI agreed on 22 stipulations covering operations at the facility, including measures that would eliminate noise, odors, rodents, as well as the receipt of any toxic, hazardous or liquid wastes at the center.