By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE -- With shovels in hand, Fort Pierce government officials and Waste Management officials broke ground on what will be the new waste management transfer station.
It is scheduled to be built on Selvitz Road in Fort Pierce, with the construction to be completed by summer.
"Waste Management is very excited about the prospect of working with the city of Fort Pierce," said Jeff Sabin, government affairs manager for Waste Management. "We look forward to serving the city's waste and recycling needs for many years to come."
The transfer station will be able to accept up to 150 tons of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, recyclables and bulk materials. At the transfer station, the waste will be consolidated before being transported to the Okeechobee landfill.
The cost to build the transfer station is estimated at approximately $1.5 million.
During the construction phase of the project, the general contractor, Richard K. Davis Construction, will employ up to 12 workers. After the opening of the transfer station, additional staff will be hired to work at the facility.
Already at the site is a compressed natural gas fueling station, using the facility to fuel its fleet of collection trucks.
The fueling station was unanimously approved by the Fort Pierce City Commission in October 2011.