Public hearing for transfer station, recycling center set for February

A public hearing regarding Olympic Disposal’s proposal to build a transfer station and recycling center in Carlsborg is set for February 2022.

Mary Ellen Winborn, director of Clallam County’s Department of Community Development, said in an email that Clallam County would be sending out a “notice of complete application” to the company and that a public hearing regarding the application would happen Feb. 3 or Feb. 17.

A DCD staff report will be done and online a week before the hearing, Winborn noted.

“We do not know at this time what our recommendation to the hearing examiner will be,” she said.

Olympic Disposal in mid-November filed a conditional use permit with Clallam County’s Department of Community Development to place a municipal solid waste transfer station, commercial recycling center and consolidation bay and offices on a currently vacant 5.46-acre site at the northeast corner of Carlsborg Road and the Carlsborg Business Loop.

Olympic Disposal representatives did not respond to request for comment on the proposal.

The Olympic Disposal Transfer Station would be about 14,000 square feet and 36 feet tall, with an 831-square-foot recycling center less than 20 feet tall.

Also in the plans are a 2,000-square-foot office and a 260-square-foot pay booth. Surrounding the site will be an 8-foot-tall sight-obscuring fence along with landscape buffers.

According to representatives of Sitts & Hill, a Tacoma-based engineering firm, about 180-205 of the estimated 513 vehicles entering the facility each day will be heavy vehicles and/or trucks. Those traffic estimates are based on traffic patterns observed at the Grays Harbor Transfer Facility in Montesano, the representatives state.

The transfer station is expected to process about 120 tons per day as operations begin.

The proposed transfer station and recycling center would be open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily, except holidays, for disposal of solid waste and recycling, company representatives stated.