Plans are underway for the construction of a new trash and garbage transfer facility that will be built on the northwestern side of the city of Peoria.
As proposed by the Phoenix-based Republic Services, the transfer station will go up near the intersection of the Happy Valley Parkway and 115th Avenue, and will be designed to service residences and businesses in a growing section of the metro area.
In order for the project to become reality, Republic Services must first secure a rezoning designation for the planned site from the county of Maricopa.
Like other similar facilities operated by the company, the Peoria transfer station will accept trash collected from around the city that is then sorted before being hauled off to local landfills.
Republic Services, which has reported annual revenue in excess of $9 billion, was founded in the early 1990s and is today a Fortune 500 company with facilities in more than 40 states. Those states include Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
The company’s transfer facilities generally measure anywhere from around 14,000 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet.
The proposed project has sparked the opposition of area residents concerned about traffic, noise, and odors that could be associated with the facility.
To date, more than 4,000 residents have signed a Facebook petition against building the facility at its proposed site. Those in opposition have been joined by Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat who has stated that she doesn’t think the center will be a good fit for the area.
It is not yet known when Republic Services will officially submit a rezoning request to the county for the planned project site.
By Garry Boulard