A Bloomington company planning to build a trash processing facility at a former salvage yard has withdrawn its permit applications for the new facility.
City officials were initially supportive of Indiana Recycling Resource’s plans to convert the former sight of JB’s Salvage in Bloomington to a trash transfer facility, where garbage would be dropped off and processed before being sent to dumps and landfills.
But as residents grew more concerned with the proposed facility, officials withdrew their support, leading Indiana Recycling Resource to cancel its permit application with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Indiana Recycling Resource owner Bethany Stevens says she still wants to work with the community to make the facility possible, but for now she’s planning to wait.
“We are right now just kind of biding our time and hoping, working, evaluating every option that we have in front of us, and looking to move forward,” says Stevens.
Stevens can still resubmit the permit application to IDEM within the next year if zoning issues can be worked out.
Bloomington City Councilman Chris Sturbaum complimented the company on its recycling efforts in the city, but says he still thinks the transfer facility was a bad idea.
“Changing into garbage right in the middle of a residential area: not such a good idea, and I think, and I really hope, that they’ve given that some thought,” says Sturbaum. “Instead of being the heroes of the recycling world, they may not want to be the pariahs of the garbage world.”
Sturbaum says the community intends to fight the facility if the company tries to reapply for permits.