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Cambria recycling center goes before Planning Commission

The recycling center near the Cambria Community Services District offices is up for discussion with the county Planning Commission.
The recycling center near the Cambria Community Services District offices is up for discussion with the county Planning Commission.

On Thursday, May 26, county planning commissioners are scheduled to hold a continued hearing about the future of the Cambria recycling center at the top end of Tamsen Drive. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

The center has been in operation in the Tamsen Drive area since approximately 1987, and at the present site since 1989, according to research done recently by county planners. However, no permit for its operation or location had been issued, according to county code enforcers.

Uphill neighbors have objected to operation of the center so close to homes. Other North Coast residents have signed a petition — 61 pages of signatures — to save the center.

The county added some new requirements to the project’s conditions of approval, such as installing battery-operated or solar-powered outdoor motion-sensing lighting, and restricting glass-crushing operations to between 3 and 5 p.m.

County planners, center owners and other interested parties have searched for an alternate location in which the state would allow the center to operate, but say they have been unable to find one within that zone.

California requires such a center to operate in Cambria, where consumers can return aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, receiving a refund of deposits they paid when they bought the products in those containers. Details: http://bit.ly/ 1Oyecat.

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