A company plans to build a new solid waste transfer facility on ground zoned for industrial use just south of Tangerine Road in Marana.

Saguaro Environmental Services, a Republic Services company, would build the Tangerine Road Transfer Station on just under 10 acres of land two miles east of the intersection of Tangerine Road and Interstate 10. It would be accessible from Breakers Road and a further access road not yet constructed.

The facility would have capacity to handle 500 tons of trash per day, hauled into a transfer building by collection trucks serving residential and commercial customers. Trash would be deposited on a "tipping floor" inside the structure, where it would be compacted and loaded into tractor-trailer trash vehicles, covered with tarps and hauled to Republic's Cactus Landfill in southern Pinal County. Saguaro Environmental currently hauls trash to the Waste Management transfer station on Ina Road and to the City of Tucson's Los Reales landfill.

Ken Deines, general manager for Republic Services, which does business in Arizona as Saguaro Environmental Services, said between 35 and 45 trucks would access the facility each day. Trash would be hauled each weekday, and on half of Saturday, to the Cactus facility.

In heavy industrial zoning, a trash transfer station is "an approved use," said Steve Cheslak, planner for the Town of Marana. Developers would not be required to get town council permission to proceed.

A transfer station would have to meet town requirements, and officials with Saguaro and Republic came to Marana's development services department to talk about the project in early June, according to Cheslak.

"No project has been submitted," Cheslak said. "They came in to discuss it" during a pre-application meeting with town staff members.

According to a project narrative on the project, the Tangerine Road Transfer Station would begin with the transfer facility itself, to include container storage, as well as a scale house and scale with traffic circulation. Eventually, an office and shop combination would be constructed.

Visual screening of the daily operation from the west and south property boundaries would be placed, with a 6-foot slatted fence behind a landscape buffer on the north and east boundaries.

Republic has an option to purchase the 9.99-acre parcel, which is zoned for heavy industrial uses. It sits east of Park and Shade Self Storage and land owned by the Marland Company, north of the Hunter Contracting Yard, south of Wright Properties land and west of the Stonehaven Development. Breakers Water Park is to the west.

"We will do all improvements to the existing road as required by the Town of Marana," Deines said.

After the pre-application meeting, the project is the subject of a submittal checklist, with each involved town department analyzing the proposal and commenting upon it. "They give a heads up on what they're going to have to do, issues they should be looking for," said Kevin Kish, Marana's general manager of development services. "They'd have to come back with a development plan. If they meet standards, it gets approved."

Zoning on the parcel was changed from large-lot zoning to heavy industrial zoning in 2005, Kish said.

This is the second time Marana has received a pre-application on the same site for a transfer station. Previously, Bill Killion asked about a facility when he operated Pima Waste Transfer. Killion then sold Pima Waste to Waste Management.

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