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Lumber yard could become recycling facility

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The former Weyerhaeuser lumber yard on Campanelli Drive may soon be the site of a commercial recycling facility. Republic Services, under the name Allied Waste, has applied for a permit to build a nearly 91,000-square-foot center for recycling such items as paper, plastic, and metal. Town planning technician Lauren Moreau said the facility would have a conveyor belt for sorting items, which, once separated, would be shipped elsewhere. “There won’t be any manufacturing,” Moreau said. “They’ll be collecting and parceling them out.” The area is zoned Industrial 2, so a site plan review and special permit are required. The applicant will meet with the Planning Board on Nov. 5. “I know that’s a really tough intersection at South Main Street and Ridge Hill Road – which turns into Campanelli Drive – so we will want to look at traffic improvements,” Moreau said.

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