Residents Wary About Proposed Waste Management Recycling Facility In Cocoa

COCOA, Florida -- The transformation of a moving and storage business located at 5155 West King Street (State Road 520) in Cocoa into a Waste Management recovered materials processing facility has would-be residential neighbors concerned.

A group calling itself NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) Lake Poinsett created a Facebook page where it contends that the neighborhood would suffer from decreased property values, truck traffic, noise, odor, pests, and roadside litter.

Waste Management, which owns and operates two existing recycling transfer facilities in Titusville and Melbourne, maintains that the new site would provide convenient access for the public seeking to dispose of recycling materials and decrease trip time and fuel consumption for the commercial vehicles collecting the recyclable materials. 

During its presentation to County Commissioners for the Brevard County seven-year solid waste disposal contract, Waste Management said that it would invest $12 million in the construction of the facility which the company claims would generate 30-35 stable jobs and an economic output of $37 million over the next ten years.

The Brevard County Zoning Board will review the recycling facility proposal at its meeting on April 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. in Viera, Florida. 

But even if the planned facility gets zoning approval, it may also have to go through several environmental regulatory hurdles due to the property's close proximity to Lake Poinsett, a part of the St. John's River basin that is the primary source of drinking water for residents in Central and North Florida counties on the eastern side of the Florida peninsula.

According to information contained in the Zoning Meeting Agenda, "the subject parcel contains mapped hydric soil, an indicator that wetlands may be present on the property" and "is partially located within floodplain."

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