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April 16, 2014

Dozens attend council meeting for recovery, transfer station

Athens — Nathan Bullard, owner of Yellow Box Environmental LLC,  was at Gun Barrel City Hall to explain future development plans for property located at 546 Gun Barrel Lane.

Bullard said he wanted to introduce himself and his company to the neighbors who own property close to his project.  

Bullard was on hand to inform the public and address any concerns about the company’s plan to build a recovery and transfer station.

According to Bullard Yellow Box Environmental, it is a growing company already serving roll-off dumpsters to construction sites, manufacturing facilities, commercial businesses and individuals throughout Cedar Creek Lake and surrounding areas.

In a letter sent to home owners, Bullard said,  “In order to better serve our community, customers, and lessen environmental impact we have decided to open and operate Yellow Box Environmental Recover and Transfer Station.”  

Bullard said the company already is operating 80 roll-off dumpsters.

He said the expectation is to increase the dumpster business to 100 roll-off dumpsters.

Bullard said the transfer station will sort, separate, recycle and transfer various material to a landfill in the Dallas metroplex area.  

He said they will accept garbage, construction, yard debris and non hazardous miscellaneous waste.

An estimated 40 people attended the informal meeting to hear what Bullard had to say, and to voice concerns about the transfer station being located behind the Country Estates subdivision and next to the Blue Shore Apartment Complex in Gun Barrel City.

The citizens had concerns about the proximity to residential neighborhoods.

Bullard explained a transfer station is a temporary site for the deposition waste.

The waste should be transferred out with 24 hours of receiving.

According to Bullard, there will be waste collection vehicles that will deposit their waste into larger vehicles.

The larger vehicles will transport the waste to the point of disposal in the landfill. Before transferring, the wasted material will be removed that may be recyclable.

Bullard said no hazardous waste will be accepted.

Bullard said  the transfer station will have its  benefits to the community. He said there is an environmental impact to the community by using less gas and recycling.

Yellow Box also plans on hiring 12 people now, up to 24 people will be hired in the future.

The downside to the business is the appearance, noise, wind blown litter and smell. Bullard said there are plans in the works to combat these negatives.

He said they plan on planting bushes around the property to create a buffer zone. He said this should help appearance and noise. There are plans to build a 50' buffer outside of the scrap yard wall.

A copy of the landscape plan was provided to the residents, as well as, diagrams of the transfer station.

The current plans are for the transfer station, is to be opened only during normal business hours.

Bullard said there is a zero hazardous policy. He has indicated the company is doing everything in its power to provide a business that will become a part of the Gun Barrel City community.

Bullard is working with Dougherty Sprague Environmental, Inc to comply with strict Texas Commission on Environmental Quality  (TCEQ)  rules.

Cathy Dougherty, Principal Engineer, said her company has been working with Bullard for the past year.

She said they will be in compliance with all TCEQ rules. Dougherty said the drivers are being trained to look for hazardous materials.

The residents had concerns about the traffic, as well as, the water run-off from the plant.

A main concern was water in a creek behind the Country Estate subdivision.  Dougherty explained most of the run-off currently belongs to TxDOT.

Yellow Box is working with TxDOT to find a solution for the water issue.

Bullard said they are working closely with TxDOT to keep the water to a minimum.

Bullard said the company expects to send its application to TCEQ within a couple of months.

After the application has been accepted, a formal public hearing will be held on the issue.

Bullard hopes for the station to be ready by the end of the year, but concedes it may take a little longer to get completely operational.

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