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Maryland Communities Seek to Stop Proposed Concrete Crusher

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Tolson & Associates said the concrete crusher would allow it to recycle more of the concrete currently going to landfill.

Communities near a rubber landfill and recycling center in Odenton, Md., are trying to stop the state from approving a proposed concrete crusher at the site.

According to a Capital Gazette report, Tolson & Associates has been operating the rubble landfill for four years, and its operation includes recycling metal, wood, cardboard and concrete from construction and demolition waste. The concrete crusher would allow Tolson & Associates to recycle more of the concrete that is currently going to landfill, according to the company.

However, area public officials are concerned about the environmental impact the facility will have on surrounding areas. In addition, neighbors raised concerns regarding operating hours of the crusher.

Capital Gazette has more information:

The leaders of communities near a rubble landfill and recycling operation in Odenton want to stop the state from approving a concrete crusher for the site.

They also say they want public officials to study the environmental effect of the facility on its surroundings, saying the operation is out of place in what is now a primarily residential area.

Tolson & Associates submitted an application to the Maryland Department of the Environment in November to operate a concrete crusher on the site, which Piney Orchard Community Association President Steven Randol and others spoke against at a hearing on May 22.

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