BELMONT – Bestway Disposal Services has submitted a request for a site plan change to allow the firm to accept municipal solid waste at its Belmont facility.
The permit modification would allow them to take in not more than 600 tons of debris a day. Right now the facility accepts recyclable material and construction and demolition debris and handles about 503 tons per day.
Collection of municipal solid waste has been an acceptable use in that zoning district since voters approved a zoning amendment last March.
In their application, which needs a site plan approval from the Belmont Planning Board, and an approval from the N.H Department of Environmental Services, the company said it would have no significant impact to the site because the existing facility is already large enough to process the extra tonnage.
The site plan change said it could expect a minimal increase in traffic in the area, but because most refuse hauling trucks already drive past their facility at 34 Industrial Drive on their way to Penacook and Wheelabrator, it likely won't be noticeable.
Belmont is one of a number of communities that decided not to renew its contract with Waste Management and Wheelabrator beginning in January of 2015. Bestway has said it wants to accept municipal solid waste from those communities who didn't renew with Waste Management.
Bestway will bring the municipal waste to its landfill in Allenstown. Waste Management brings its waste to Penacook where it is incinerated.
The proposal said adding municipal solid waste to its range of services in Belmont will decrease the cost of waste collection by allowing haulers to discharge their waste closer than Penacook, saving the communities who use them money.
Belmont is one of the towns in the area that chose not to renew its contract with Waste Management. In return, Bestway has given the town a "home field" rate along with agreeing to provide residential recycling pick-up.
Belmont's Application Review Committee met Thursday and reviewed the plan. Town Planer Candace Daigle said she expects the Planning Board to act on the change of use request on Jan. 26.
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