Indiana resident seeks concrete recycling facility permit

Facility would be on a former scrap metal yard in Columbus.

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September 5, 2017
CDR Staff
Concrete and Aggregates Legislation & Regulations Recycling Facilities
A Columbus, Indiana, resident is seeking a conditional use permit from the city’s board of zoning appeals to remove a scrap metal yard from a 7-acre site to open a concrete recycling facility, a report by The Republic says. The case was continued until Sept. 16 after local property owners said they wanted to learn more about the facility.

Chris Rice plans to stockpile concrete from demolition sites at the Indianapolis Road location and reduce the size of the material with a crusher. Metal rebar will be removed and sent to a scrap metal facility for recycling and the processed concrete will be stored on-site. According to the report, Rice would sell the material to contractors.

The site of the proposal is located 1,200 feet away from the nearest creek and 2,000 feet away from homes. Attorney Jeff Rocker, who is representing Rice, says in the report that the dust generated from the site will be mitigated through water spraying on the material as it comes out of the crusher.

According to the report, Rice did not determine in his application when operating hours would be, but the city’s planning staff recommended the business to operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If approved, the facility will be operating in about six months, the report says.