A citizens group that was successfully in opposing a garbage transfer site proposed by Lakeshore Waste Services, met recently with it's representatives to understand the waste company's future plans and the
effects on village residents and near-by Niles West High School
Josh Connell, President of Lakeshore Waste told the group that a recycling facility is now being considered. He presented this operation as a complete 180 degree change from Lakeshore's initial plan to operate a garbage transfer site less than 900' feet from Niles West High School.
Several members visited similar recycling sites to the one now being considered by Lakeshore for Morton Grove and saw the reality of the recycling business.
"We went to see facilities with an open mind about having a recycling operation in our community,” said Tom Maddex.
"Unfortunately, what we found were mounds of collected garbage piled up and waiting to be sorted. People all need to realize that this
type of recycling facility being proposed is the first stop for
collected raw consumer disposal driven in by trucks. The proper
terminology is a garbage-sorting center. Don't be misled by the
environmental friendly phrase of recycling" Maddex contined.
"We have the same concerns with a recycling center as we did with the garbage transfer station; it's too close to Niles West High School, rodents brought in on trucks, odors, mosquitos, noise and the threat of fires. Plus, count on an additional 300-500 garbage and semi trucks everyday--including weekends." Maddex stressed.
Maddex summed up the situation, "I think we are back to where we were in August.”
The citizens group has informed Lakeshore Waste Services that they are against a waste recycling facility and is asking to meet with Village of Morton Grove officials to discuss a Town Hall Meeting to get the public involved.
The citizens group formed earlier this year in an effort to make
people aware of that Lakeshore Waste was planning a large garbage transfer station in the village. The group can be reached at
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