County of Santa Clara

Recology South Valley has filed a request to keep its garbage and recycling transfer station in San Martin open “indefinitely,” according to a Santa Clara County planner. 

The San Martin Planning Advisory Committee will discuss the request at its Nov. 20 meeting at the South County Office Building, 80 W. Highland Ave.

The transfer station’s current use permit includes a requirement that the facility at 13920 Llagas Avenue close by February 2015, according to County Planner Rob Salisbury. That clause was added to the permit after 2005, when the facility’s owner indicated Recology was planning to move its garbage and recycling drop-off and processing operation to a location east of Gilroy. 

However, the company’s plans have changed, and Recology wants to remain at the San Martin transfer station for the foreseeable future, Salisbury said. 

Recology’s request does not include any changes to the facility’s footprint other than a reduction in the number of daily vehicle trips to and from the transfer station. 

“They’re not proposing any changes to the operation or infrastructure,” Salisbury said. “Staff’s recommendation is simply to remove the condition they have to close, which would allow them to remain in operation indefinitely.” 

After the San Martin Planning Advisory discusses the request, that body’s recommendation will be forwarded to the County Planning Commission which will consider the request at a future meeting. 

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