YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A recycling center at Navajo Road is now possible following a unanimous decision by the Yorktown Town Board last week to amend a local law.
The board amended Chapter 300 – Article X to allow recycling as a permitted manufacturing use in the I-1 Planned Light Industrial District. Attorney Al Capellini said Front Street and Navajo Road are the only two places in Yorktown classified in the district.
“This law has a very limited applicability,” he said.
Capellini is representing Brian D’Amico, a resident who hopes to establish a recycling business for metal, plastic, paper, wood and cardboard in two buildings at the Osceola Industrial Park.
“Quite frankly, something like this would have been unheard of 20 years ago,” said Town Supervisor Michael Grace. “But, at this point in time, these facilities are going to become more commonplace. And the way they’re run is completely different than what would be the old dumps.”
Resident Howard Frank questioned the amendment and said the town should set up strict guidelines for noise, smell, sorting and more before approving any zoning changes.
“You’re looking at a real dirty type of operation,” Frank said. “You’re opening up a can of worms, and I’m surprised that none of the neighbors from across the road in those $500,000 and up houses are not coming to the public hearing.”
Capellini said the board’s decision was simply a textual change to an existing zoning code and any proposed recycling center would be subject to a strict planning process and environmental review.
“I think that when the appropriate time occurs, an actual plan is put forward, all those issues would be addressed by the appropriate boards,” said Capellini, who called it a “sorely needed” use.
Council member Nick Bianco said he was originally opposed to the idea but changed hsi position when no major concerns were raised by the town’s advisory boards or by Westchester County.
“I just didn’t like recycling, but the supervisor’s correct, this is the wave of the future,” Bianco said. “We’ve got to do something with our garbage.”