WEST HARTFORD, CT – Once called “dumps,” municipal waste facilities have grown from giant holes in the ground and piles of trash to modern, organized havens of green recycling practices.
This week, the city plans to build a state-of-the-art waste management facility at the site of its transfer station at 25 Brixton Street.
The IWWA voted 5-0 on July 6 to approve, with some conditions, the city’s application for an IWWA permit to officially close the onsite landfill and build a new $1.37 million facility to handle the city waste.
Such a permit was necessary due to the site’s proximity to Trout Brook, with the town required to take steps to ensure that anything flowing into the creek from the site does not harm the creek.
In West Hartford, the city’s plan and zoning commission also functions as the city’s IWWA, with members voting in that capacity on Wednesday.
According to Tristan Wallace, project manager at Loureiro Engineering, this will not be the case. West Hartford hired Plainville-based Loureiro to work on the project.
“Overall, there will be no direct or indirect negative impacts on Trout Brook from the project,” Wallace wrote to the city.
He said construction on the 11-acre site could begin as early as this fall and could be finished as early as summer 2023.
When complete, the new “Material Solutions Center” will include a 16,900 square foot building that will have truck access and multiple material bins.