Unity officials clear way for new Westmoreland Cleanways recycling center

Trib Live -Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling’s plan to relocate its recycling operations to a property near Pleasant Unity received the go-ahead Tuesday.

After tabling the matter earlier in January, Unity Township supervisors approved a final site plan for the new recycling center, with a landscaping modification that includes planting a border of tall trees.

Executive Director Ellen Keefe said Westmoreland Cleanways needed township approval to exceed the normal maximum height of 15 feet for border plantings so it can address the concerns of a neighboring property owner.

“The neighbor to the rear of the property, their house sits higher up,” Keefe explained. “Fifteen-foot trees would not block their view.”

She said the organization will plant evergreen trees that should exceed 15 feet and also will clear out overgrown vegetation at the rear of the 8-acre property along Pleasant Unity-Mutual Road, just south of Route 130 and across the road from the Unity Township Municipal Authority office.

“It’s been a long process,” Keefe said of the group’s search for a larger recycling location. “This is a major hurdle we’re finally over.”

Westmoreland Cleanways closed its 3,400-square-f00t recycling center at Innovative Park, off Route 30. By mid-February, Keefe hopes to resume drop-off collection of electronics, glass and other recyclable items at the new site, which offers about 22,000 square feet among seven pole buildings.

Westmoreland Cleanways plans to lease the property from its partner in electronics recycling, JVS Environmental, which is purchasing it from Innovative Supply Co.

Township Solicitor Gary Falatovich said the recycling center can operate as a nonconforming use since the property previously was used for metal recycling.

Westmoreland Cleanways will continue to staff an office at Innovative Park and can be reached at 724-879-4020.

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