(CNBNEWS.NET)The article entitled “Brooklawn Resident Against Gloucester
Recycling Center” in the June 2 edition of the Gloucester City News is misleading since it mentions one negative comment made by an unnamed resident at a Brooklawn Council meeting. It does not report on the three recent well attended, positive meetings with Organic Diversion, the owner of the proposed recycling plant. Rocco D’Antonio, President of Organic Diversion, provided a comprehensive overview of their plans for the Gloucester City plant and answered questions at the jointGloucester City – Brooklawn community meeting on May 10, the Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC) of Camden County on May 5 and the Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) membership meeting on April 26.
The joint Gloucester City – Brooklawn meeting was held at the American Legion Hall in Brooklawn with approximately 80 people attending including: both mayors, councilmen from both communities as well as Senator
Norcross. The tone of the meeting was extremely positive and Mr. D’Antionio addressed the concern of increased truck traffic by stating that Organic Diversion anticipates up to 25 trucks per day (probably only 17 at the start of operations). He committed to work with both communities to select which of the 5 routes into the Gloucester City plant the trucks would utilize. The Solid Waste Advisory Council meeting was held at Gloucester City Hall and SWAC voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Freeholders approve and include the proposed recycling facility within the Camden County Waste Management Plan. Gloucester City business owners asked numerous detailed questions following the Organic Diversion presentation at their last general membership meeting. They were impressed with the answers they received and the GCBA officially endorsed the project and invited Organic Diversion to join the Association which it has done.
Organic Diversion plans to invest 30 million dollars to construct a state-of-the-art recycling plant in the abandoned Brownsfield area on the south end of town. The company has made a concerted effort to communicate their plans to our citizens and business community. Since this project will generate significant tax revenues as well as create jobs in Gloucester City, I thought it important to set the record straight and reaffirm the positive welcome provided in the 3 meetings.