§ 155-9.210  RECYCLING FACILITIES.
   (A)   Concrete and asphalt recycling facilities.
      (1)   Sites that recycle concrete or asphalt must comply with all applicable state and federal regulations. This includes providing records, upon request to demonstrate that at least 25% of the total amount of recycled concrete or asphalt present at the site during a calendar year was transported off of the site during the next calendar year.
      (2)   All concrete or asphalt loads accepted may be kept on site for a maximum period of four years.
   (B)   General construction or demolition debris recycling facilities.  The regulations of this section apply to general construction or demolition recycling facilities.
      (1)   Site and siting.
         (a)   The minimum area requirement for general construction or demolition recycling facilities is five acres.
         (b)   General construction or demolition debris recycling facilities must be located at least 500 feet from any residential zoning district unless otherwise expressly approved as part of the special use permit procedures of § 155-16.40. Considerations for modifying the location standard may include the separation of the residentially zoned property from the proposed site by a designated truck route, active rail line, high voltage power transmission easement or other clearly demarcated land-use planning transition boundary.
         (c)   General construction or demolition debris receiving/tipping areas must be constructed of a low permeability material (e.g., Portland cement concrete, asphalt concrete) that prevents infiltration and is able to withstand anticipated loads.
         (d)   The facility must be equipped with a fence of at least eight feet in height located to secure the operating areas of the facility during non-operating hours as well as assist in minimizing the potential for litter to leave the facility.
      (2)   Putrescible material, runoff and discharge permits.
         (a)   All loads containing putrescible materials must be tipped, processed and stored indoors or under cover until sent offsite for reuse, recycling, or disposal. Wood may be stored outside if sorted within 72 hours of receipt and immediately processed.
         (b)   Any leachate or runoff from waste/ recyclable material must be contained onsite.
         (c)   All state discharge permits or other applicable permits must be acquired prior to commencing operations.
         (d)   All necessary permits must be acquired to store fuel or other regulated material onsite.
      (3)   Special use permit application and submittal requirements.
         (a)   The application for a special use permit must be accompanied by:
            1.   A site plan and architectural drawing depicting building and structure elevations and descriptions of such buildings and structures necessary to convey the architectural appearance and physical magnitude of the proposed improvements;
            2.   A narrative description of the activities proposed to be conducted indoors or under cover within the facility boundaries;
            3.   A narrative description of other proposed uses (such as, but not limited to truck storage, maintenance, fueling, and container storage) and a demonstration that other such uses can be conducted in a safe and unobtrusive manner without interference with safe recycling activities on the site; and
            4.   A plan describing how incoming material will be handled (both under cover and outdoors), areas for sorting, processing, storing, baling and container storage and all equipment that will be used.
         (b)   A spill plan must be submitted for review and approval by the county as a condition of the special use permit.
         (c)   The site plan must include at least the following information:
            1.   A legal description of the subject property; access/egress point(s);
            2.   Parking areas;
            3.   Any buildings, structures or fixed equipment:
            4.   The extent of paved or impervious surfaces; material tipping/receiving areas;
            5.   Material processing areas;
            6.   Areas of proposed material stockpiling (by material type);
            7.   Material loading areas; and
            8.   Fencing, berm or screening features.
         (d)   If the applicant and Will County have previously entered into a host agreement for the proposed general construction or demolition recycling facility, the terms and conditions of that host agreement must be incorporated as conditions of the special use permit and may be enforced by any party to the agreements.
      (4)   Operating plan.  The applicant must provide with a special use permit application a proposed operating plan that contains at least all of the following information:
         (a)   Number of employees anticipated at the facility;
         (b)   Proposed hours of operations for receipt of general construction or demolition debris and for processing and shipment of general construction or demolition debris;
         (c)   Proposed daily average/maximum volume (in tons) of general construction or demolition debris to be received at the facility. The minimum amount of recyclable material shipped offsite must be at least 75% of the total incoming material on a quarterly basis, or more frequently if applicable regulations are more stringent;
         (d)   The types of material tracking methods and recordkeeping to be employed to demonstrate compliance with applicable recycling thresholds. Records must be kept in accordance with regulatory standards. A daily record of incoming/ outgoing material or waste must be kept and reported no less than quarterly to the Will County Land Use Department. All records must be maintained by the operator at the facility for a period of at least three years or longer in the event of a dispute. The operator must allow reasonable access to inspect the facility during operating hours for compliance with applicable approvals, permits and regulations;
         (e)   The procedures by which all non-recyclable general construction or demolition debris will be removed and disposed within 72 hours of receipt. Describe the method and equipment used to load recyclable and non-recyclable general construction or demolition material prior to shipment from the facility;
         (f)   The end-use markets for separated general construction or demolition debris to demonstrate compliance with meeting applicable recycling thresholds;
         (g)   A closure plan for the facility;
         (h)   The maximum number of vehicles (by vehicle type) proposed to utilize the facility on a daily basis;
         (i)   All processing equipment proposed to be utilized to prepare the recyclable general construction or demolition debris for stockpiling or shipment and the location and design of any noise-buffering elements, sheltering and operating controls to minimize noise impacts;
         (j)   Operating methods employed to control odor, accidental combustion of materials, vectors, dust, and litter. Any and all air permits from the IEPA, USEPA, or other applicable regulatory authorities must be obtained as necessary;
         (k)   The method and equipment utilized to load recyclable and non-recyclable general construction or demolition for shipment from the facility; and
         (l)   Typical and maximum anticipated height of stockpiled recyclable general construction or demolition debris for each recyclable material by type. Identification of the buffering and/or screening measures employed to minimize the visual impact of the proposed stockpiles from surrounding land uses.
      (5)   IEPA permit.  The special use permit will become effective upon receipt of a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with Section 22.38 of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act ("The IEPA Act"). It must be a condition of the special use permit that the facility continues to operate in accordance with Section 22.38 of the IEPA Act and all other regulations and applicable permits.
   (C)   Recyclable material drop-off facilities.  The regulations of this section apply to all recyclable material drop-off facilities.
      (1)   Recyclable material drop-off facilities may only accept consumer recyclable commodities and accumulate or store them for a maximum of 60 days after their receipt. Recyclable material drop-off facilities may not accept general construction or demolition debris or clean construction or demolition debris.
      (2)   Consumer recyclable commodities may only be accepted directly from the consuming party.
      (3)   The types of consumer recyclable commodities accepted at the subject recyclable material drop-off facility must be clearly identified.
      (4)   Consumer recyclable commodities must be accepted, accumulated, or stored in containers that protect their marketability.
      (5)   Recyclable material drop-off facilities must be operated in a safe, sanitary, and litter-free manner that protects human health and the environment.
      (6)   Dust, odors, noise, and other nuisances resulting from the operation of recyclable material drop-off facilities must be minimized to the greatest extent practicable.
      (7)   Contact between consumer recyclable commodities and disease vectors or other nuisance organisms must be prevented.
      (8)   Accumulation of surface water in areas where consumer recyclable commodities are accepted, accumulated, or stored must be prevented.
      (9)   Consumer recyclable commodities or other material may not be disposed of at the facility.
      (10)   No processing of recyclable material may occur in conjunction with a recyclable material drop-off facility.
      (11)   In order to be classified as in "indoor" facility all storage and work areas must be located within completely enclosed buildings. Outdoor storage is limited to drop-off recycling bins, which must be screened from view with a solid fence or wall at least six feet and no more than eight feet in height. Storage material may not exceed the height of the fence or wall.
   (D)   Recyclable material processing facilities.  The regulations of this section apply to all recyclable material processing facilities.
      (1)   Recyclable material processing facilities may not accept or process general construction or demolition debris or clean construction or demolition debris.
      (2)   All putrescible waste must be processed and stored within completely enclosed buildings.
      (3)   The material recycling facility must be operated in a safe, sanitary, and litter free manner that protects human health and the environment.
      (4)   Dust, odors, noise, and other nuisances resulting from the operation of the material recycling facility must be minimized to the greatest extent practicable.
      (5)   Contact between consumer recyclable commodities and disease vectors or other nuisance organisms must be prevented.
      (6)   Accumulation of surface water in areas where consumer recyclable commodities are recycled must be prevented.
      (7)   Unauthorized entry into recyclable material processing facilities must be prevented.
         (a)   Measures to prevent unauthorized entry include appropriate signs located at entrances and other locations in a sufficient number and size to be seen from any approach to the facility and may include fencing where appropriate.
         (b)   If consumer recyclable commodities are accepted directly from the public:
            1.   A designated and clearly identified public consumer recyclable commodities acceptance area that minimizes the potential for accidents and unauthorized entry into non-public areas of the recyclable material processing facility must be provided; and
            2.   The types of consumer recyclable commodities accepted from the public and the containers in which they are accepted must be clearly identified.
      (8)   If the material processing facility is located on a site where activities other than the recycling of consumer recyclable commodities occur, the recycling of consumer recyclable commodities must be kept separate from all other activities at the site.
      (9)   If material that will not be recycled at the material recycling facility is discovered, the material must be placed in a container by the end of the operating day, accumulated or stored separately from material being recycled, and properly disposed of within seven days after its receipt.
      (10)   In order to be classified as an "indoor" facility all storage, processing and work areas must be located within completely enclosed buildings. Outdoor storage is limited to drop-off recycling bins, which must be screened from view with a solid fence or wall at least six feet and no more than eight feet in height. Storage material may not exceed the height of the fence or wall.
   (E)   Soil storage, recycling and reuse.  Soil storage, recycling and reuse facilities (sites) are subject to the regulations that apply to uncontaminated soil fill operations (see § 155-9.70(A)).
(Ord. effective 10-1-2012)