SOUTHINGTON – A local trash company is close to state approval for a transfer station on Triano Drive that will sort recyclables, take residential debris and speed the removal of trash.
HQ Dumpsters and Recycling is completing a 28,000 square-foot building at its Triano Drive property that will house sorting and trash transfer operations.
The company, based in Plantsville, offers commercial and residential trash removal and dumpster rentals. Jack Perry, a company owner, said the expansion and anticipated state approval will allow HQ to expand all those operations.
“This will allow more volume as well as more items,” he said.
Working to keep prices down
Perry said trash incinerators in the state are shutting down and that fees for dumping trash have “skyrocketed” over the past five years. Remaining incinerator plants often have lines of trash trucks waiting to dump their loads since they can’t handle the volume of garbage.
HQ’s transfer station will allow garbage collection trucks to dump trash into larger trucks that will take it to plants in the region. More efficient trash collection helps keeps prices from rising too much, Perry said.
State approval to handle more trash
Frank Gagliardo, supervising environmental analyst for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said HQ has a general permit for trash hauling. That allows the company to take up to 50 tons of waste per day.
Gagliardo expects the company’s individual permit to be approved early next month. That’ll allow HQ to take in up to 545 tons of waste daily. That includes scrap tires, metal, construction debris, residential garbage, furniture and more.
HQ has no violations with the state, according to Gagliardo.
“They have a good track record with the department,” he said.
More recycling, potential for town contracts
The new building has sorting machinery and lines that allow the company to recycle more of the waste it takes in, Perry said. For homeowners who have been dumping bulky waste at the Triano Drive facility, the only change will be how the waste is handled after it’s dropped off.
“Our goal is taking stuff and rehome it in an environmentally-friendly manner rather than just throw it in a landfill,” he said.
State approval to take more waste also allows the company to bid on municipal work. HQ hauls trash for the inner city portion of Meriden and now would be able to act as a hub for Meriden’s waste before it heads to an incinerator.
Perry plans on the new facility being up and running “within the year.”
The company has about 40 employees and Perry said his workforce could double in the next five years with this expansion.
Perry, a Democrat, is running for state Senate against Republican incumbent Rob Sampson. Sampson is in his second term representing the 16th state senate district. Sampson said he had no comment on the transfer station application.