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Triad Recycling plans second wind turbine at Tonawanda facility

A Town of Tonawanda company that specializes in recycling construction debris plans to expand its operations to process scrap plastics and woods.

Triad Recycling and Energy Corp. is close to receiving $150,000 from an economic development fund to support its $1 million expansion at 3755 River Road.

The funding will help the company add machinery and equipment to locally process plastic carrier film and wood. The company plans to purchase and install a second wind turbine to energize the new equipment.

The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board on Tuesday recommended awarding the funds. The New York Power Authority board makes the final decision.

The plan for a second turbine, which was described as a small 159-foot turbine the “size of a windmill,” has received positive reviews from the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board, which approved a final site plan at its meeting on Wednesday night.

Triad recycles 26 different building materials and mattresses for reuse, including turning drywall into bedding for farm animals, said John Hannon, a Triad partner.

Padma Kasthurirangan of Buffalo Renewables said the towers would be 630 feet apart and the new turbine would be 960 feet from the nearest dwelling.

The new wind tower would supplement the increasing energy needs of the new building, said Kasthurirangan. All the power would be used onsite.

Triad had requested $300,000 from the fund, which uses money raised by the sale of unallocated hydropower from the Niagara Power Project.


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