Sep. 12, 2012
Synagro Technologies Inc. is planning an 80,000-square-foot facility in Yorkville in Racine County to store bio-solid material used as agricultural fertilizer.
The Houston-based company has operated a similar storage facility in Oak Creek, but its lease for the structure expires next year, and Synagro is looking at new options, said spokesperson Jamie Kinder.
Synagro contracts with Racine to take the treated material from the city’s wastewater treatment plant, store it and spread it on area farmland, including in Yorkville.
The company’s contract with Racine is also up next year, and the company wants to renew for another 20 years, Kinder said.
Synagro would lease the Yorkville structure at 2221 Raymond Ave., which would be built by the property owner, Stover Land Development LLC, Kinder said.
The parcel is already permitted as a compost site, Kinder said.
“That’s why it’s advantageous for us,” Kinder said. “Many of the farmers in Yorkville and surrounding communities are already using this material, so it’s an opportune location.”
The bio-solids are a nutrient-rich byproduct of the waste water treatment process used by farmers as a safer, more economical alternative to chemical fertilizers, Kinder said.
Synagro held an informational presentation during the Yorkville town board and planning commission meeting Monday night. The company has yet to officially submit a proposal and must apply for a conditional use permit through Racine County and Yorkville, said town chairman Peter Hansen.