Rock Hill's Porter Road
The thought of a center dealing with construction debris on Porter Road has rekindled residents' outrage toward landfills in the county, but they could have to wait to voice concerns.
A pubic hearing on a recycling center slated for Porter Road was scheduled for tonight, but it'll likely be deferred another month while the applicant provides the county with additional plans, Zoning Administrator Dave Pettine said.
Bob Weeks of Fort Mill is requesting a special exemption to put an operation that recycles construction debris on a 10-plus- acre site in Rock Hill.
Weeks applied for the special exemption in November, and the hearing was deferred in December. The property at 1290 Porter Road is owned by Bowers Industry and already is zoned for this type of facility.
Porter Road resident Carrie Reeves is concerned about the added traffic a recycling center could bring to the already busy road.
"The fact that they are delaying it makes no difference to us. We don't want this here," Reeves said. "We don't need any type of waste facility. Recycling, dumping, transferring, burying -- we don't want none of it."
If approved, construction trash would be brought to the site and sorted for materials that can be recycled, according to the application. Whatever couldn't be used again would be transported to a construction and debris landfill, Pettine said.
"Is it going to be a pretty operation? No," he said. "It's construction debris on the site. I don't know how it's going to look. They'll need appropriate buffers and to plant trees."
The facility couldn't store anything on the ground or underground, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control requires that 75 percent of material brought to the site each year be recycled.
This special exemption is on the Zoning Board of Appeals agenda for tonight's meeting at 6 at the Heckle Boulevard Complex. But Pettine said the issue will be deferred to at least the February meeting.
Weeks could not be reached for comment.