Orange County wants to work with a private company to create and operate a new recycling center.
The county has invited bids to build, design and operate a facility for materials recovery. Bids are due by 4 pm on October 26. The selected bidder will be required to sign a contract for a period of time.
The new building, which would be 60,000 to 90,000.square feet in size, will go on 22 acres of the Orange County Landfill site at 12100 Young Pine Road.
Why it matters: While new construction can provide jobs and opportunities to contractors, recycling is a service that many residents and businesses want.
The facility will be able handle 84,000 tonnes in a year. In 2020, 65,000 tons were collected by the county in non-incorporated areas. The county anticipates that the facility will begin operations by January 1, 2027.
The county is looking for a new facility, as the current one is no longer being used and has "obsolete equipment and/or equipment that has reached its end of useful life." The bid documents stated that "the county's recyclables must be transported long distances to be processed and marketed."
The county representatives were not available to comment immediately.
According to Dodge Construction Network, a company based in Hamilton, New Jersey, U.S. Construction Starts tied to Environmental Public Works were up by 20% on a rolling 12-month basis. The manufacturing sector has been responsible for a large increase in construction starts.
Richard Branch, Chief Economist for Dodge Construction Network said that "Several large manufacturing projects have broken ground, pushing non-residential building higher while a nascent [recovery] in single-family home starts has supported residential growth."
The Dodge Momentum Index tracks projects in their earliest planning stages. It shows that construction starts started the year with a lot of gusto. However, this is expected to diminish as the year goes on.