The site plan for a new recycling center on Reichs Ford Road.

A Frederick recycling company will be able to complete a new facility on Reichs Ford Road after getting approval from the Frederick County Planning Commission.

The recycling pickup and distribution center will include a 5,000-square-foot office and shop and a 400-square-foot trailer on a nearly 3-acre site in an industrial area of Frederick.

Owner Tim Coffman said the new center would recycle concrete into gravel, as an alternative to stone dug out of quarries.

The site plan for the Coffman Recycling Service facility had already been approved by the Planning Commission twice before, in August 2012 and April 2016.

The commission voted 6-0 Wednesday to approve the project again, with Commissioner Terry Bowie absent from the meeting.

The first time in 2012, the recession hindered the project’s progression, said Lee Miller, a consultant with Terra Solutions who works on the project.

The second time, in 2016, no one realized that the trailer had to be permanently installed in order for the project to be properly vested, and the project’s site plan approval expired, Miller said.

With the previous work, the site already has a reconstructed driveway off Reichs Ford Road, a stormwater management center, and a scale to weigh vehicles, as well as the trailer that is on-site but not installed, Ashley Moore, a planner with the county, told the commission.

After the vote, Commissioner Joel Rensberger noted that the production of cement, used to make concrete, produces a lot of methane, making the use of recycled concrete environmentally friendly.

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This is our most realistic economic pathway for consumptive waste management. Good luck and long life to your business adventures! Now. Up and onto glass, plastics, the lot ... upcycle | ˈʌpsʌɪk(ə)l | verb [with object] reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original: the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast | (as adjective upcycled) : upcycled furniture.

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