ALEDO (CBSDFW.COM) – Homeowners in Aledo are fighting to keep a solid waste transfer station out of a neighborhood near Interstate 20 and Bankhead Highway in Parker County.
The solid waste transfer station got the green light from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last week.
“You are going to have large trash trucks jamming up these intersections,” says Robert Cox who lives near the proposed waste transfer station.
He doesn’t want it near his neighborhood, and the school district and the city has joined his fight. They say the operation is about a half a mile from three Aledo schools.
“It impacts our future land development use with additional neighborhoods,” said Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall. “We have housing developments around here. It’s just not a good location.”
Marshall anticipates traffic jams from the 18-wheelers going in and out of the community. He also cites health concerns.
“You have your odor, you have increased rodents, and all the diseases that go along with that no to mention whatever is dumped; it’s a trash site,” Marshall said.
A spokesperson with Republic Services, the company in question, said in an email that they will continue to work with the community to ensure that the proposed transfer station is built and operated in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
“Truck traffic in and out of the transfer station will use the access road to the north, away from the community, reducing the noise and wear and tear on the streets. An odor control system will be installed to manage any odors that may develop,” said Peg Mulloy a spokesperson for Republic Services.
Homeowners like Cox are protesting the station.
The entire neighborhood has changed trash companies.
“Hitting them in the pocket book might be the best solution,” says Cox.
In the meantime, the city is looking at other options and officials say they may take the company to court.