Waste plant’s future remains in doubt

The future of the Waste Management plant in NYA is yet to be determined. (NYA Times staff photos by Adam Gruenewald)

The future of the Waste Management plant in NYA is yet to be determined. (NYA Times staff photos by Adam Gruenewald)

by ADAM GRUENEWALD
NYA Times

The future of the Carver Transfer Station and Processing Facility in NYA has not been determined.
The Waste Management plant, located at 600 Railroad St., had received heavy damage in a fire last Monday, according to Julie Ketchum with government afffairs of the Houston-based Waste Management.
“We are still assessing the damage out there,” said Ketchum, a contradiction from other published reports. “Our future plans are uncertain.”
A cause of the fire is not yet known according to NYA Fire Chief Steve Zumberge, who first estimated the damage at $400,000.
A previous fire at the same site in June will be weighed in regarding potential closure.
“It is the second fire within a year,” added Ketchum. “That is concerning to us. With the last fire there was considerable significant cost to the company.”
Among the other factors they will look at is the cost to rebuild, return on investment, the need for the site and the use of the site and volume.
She added that fires at the sites “are fairly common,” and they generally come from misplaced items in the trash or other sources, adding that waste can breakdown and combust as well.
As of yet, a timeline has not been set on the closure, Ketchum said.
“There will be ongoing internal discussions about the damange,” she said. “How the facility fits within in our waste system and the needs.”
Typically the transfer stations have three to four employees.
In the meantime, items will be hauled directly to Spruce Ridge in Glencoe or the Twin Cities Recycling Center.
Coralee Francks of Franck’s Sanitation in NYA, which handles garbage and recycling for NYA and surrounding towns, said they have shifted their operations to Chaska.
The shift requires “more time,” according to Corelee, who runs the family-owned business with her husband, David.
Their business was first started 36 years ago y David’s dad Elroy and has four full-time and two part-time employees.
Coralee declined to comment on the potential closure of the plant and how that might impact their business, saying “I can’t look at unforseen things.”

Contact Adam Gruenewald at adam.gruenewald@ecm-inc.com.

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