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In addition to Solid Waste services that come to your driveway each week, what if you had a place inside the City of North Port where you could take your own garbage, recycling, yard waste, and more? Currently, the City of North Port's Solid Waste trucks must drive outside the City's limits to a disposal site. On collection days, each City garbage truck travels 48 miles (which takes an average of 66 minutes) and each City recycling truck travels 35 miles (which takes an average of 54 minutes).

A Solid Waste Transfer Station and Environmental Business Park inside the City limits would cut down on travel time, save on gas, and create less maintenance on vehicles. An initial feasibility study shows this could create cost savings for the City of North Port. (Check out the agenda summary, PowerPoint presentation, and video from the June 29, 2012 City Commission workshop.)

The concept of an Environmental Business Park would create an associated commercial center in the same area of the Solid Waste Transfer Station for businesses that promote sustainability and focus on the environmental industry. For instance, a re-use store, a glass recycling business, or other type of business devoted to a green economy. This Environmental Business Park could create an economic incentive to attract these types of businesses to North Port and provide additional jobs.

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Siting criteria were applied to City parcels to determine which sites would be possible locations for a Solid Waste Transfer Station and Environmental Business Park.  The fatal flaw criteria, gross evaluations that provide a pass/fail assessment of whether a site is to continue through the screening process, were applied first.  Those sites that were not eliminated moved on to have weighted siting criteria applied.  From this, the following sites were identified as having potential for the Solid Waste Transfer Station and Environmental Business Park:

Parcel 0960-00-1001, 37.5 acres located on the Northwest corner of Toledo Blade Boulevard and North Cranberry Boulevard Parcel 1117-00-1100, 34.4 acres located north of Price Boulevard with sections bordering Toledo Blade Boulevard and Price Boulevard. Parcel 1094-00-3300, 64.1 acres located off Plantation and Panacea Boulevards and bordering I-75 Parcel 1094-00-3200, 61.9 acres located off Panacea Boulevard and bordering I-75 Parcels 0984-03-0010, 13.8 acres and 0984-02-0100, 8.44 acres, both bordering Price Boulevard and Citizen’s Parkway.

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Currently, the City of North Port is intending for Solid Waste trucks to dispose of recycling materials and garbage at this transfer station. The items dropped off would then be transferred to larger vehicles and transported to the proper facilities. However, the City would also like to offer a drop-off area for the community. What sort of services would you like to see offered at this facility? Some initial ideas include yard waste, bulk waste, recycling, and garbage. Please let us know.

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