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The Grandview Waste Transfer Station offers an alternative to the landfill

 

A Grandview business owner jumped into the conversation about a controversial landfill proposal in South Kansas City. Raptor Recycle and Transfer co-founder Kit Starr says his waste transfer station at 11901 S US 71 Highway already provides an alternative to building a new landfill site in South Kansas City. “I was shocked to hear the position,” Starr said. The City of Raymore recently conducted an effort to rally opposition to a proposed landfill on approximately 960 acres just north of East 155th Street between 150 Highway and from Southwest Peterson Road in the west to Horridge Road in the east. City leaders of Grandview and Lee’s Summit also unanimously passed resolutions against any potential landfill. Starr says Raptor can ease the need for a new landfill as it moves 500 tons of trash from all over Metro each day, with capacity for thousands more. His patent-pending method helps garbage trucks dump loads directly into larger semi-trailers, reducing mileage and trips to a traditional landfill. Trash at Raptor, unlike other transfer stations, doesn’t sit on the ground for hours or days. It’s a solution that Starr says is far better than a proposed landfill near Raymore’s popular Creekmoor neighborhood, just a few miles away. “We designed and built it to handle the demands of taking trash away from people because we recognize that’s not the right answer,” he said. Starr says Raptor is part of a solution to ensure a proposed landfill in the southern part of Metro is unnecessary. “We can handle waste in this part of town for the foreseeable future without needing another landfill,” he said. KMBC 9 Investigates contacted the prospective city-appointed landfill developer of Raymore, but did not hear back. kmbc.com.

A Grandview business owner jumped into the conversation about a controversial landfill proposal in South Kansas City.

Raptor Recycle and Transfer co-founder Kit Starr says his waste transfer station at 11901 S US 71 already provides an alternative to building a brand new landfill in South Kansas City.

“I was shocked to hear the position,” Starr said.

The City of Raymore recently conducted an effort to rally opposition to a proposed landfill on approximately 960 acres just north of East 155th Street between 150 Highway and from Southwest Peterson Road in the west to Horridge Road in the east.

City leaders of Grandview and Lee’s Summit also unanimously passed resolutions against any potential landfill.

Starr says Raptor can ease the need for a new landfill as it transfers 500 tons of trash from all over the Metro daily, with capacity for thousands more.

His patent-pending method helps garbage trucks dump loads directly into larger semi-trailers, reducing mileage and trips to a traditional landfill. Trash at Raptor, unlike other transfer stations, doesn’t sit on the ground for hours or days. It’s a solution that Starr says is far better than a proposed landfill near Raymore’s popular Creekmoor neighborhood, just a few miles away.

“We designed and built it to handle the demands of taking trash away from people because we recognize that’s not the right answer,” she said.

Starr says Raptor is part of a solution to ensure a proposed landfill in the southern part of Metro is unnecessary.

“We can handle waste in this part of town for the foreseeable future without needing another landfill,” he said.

KMBC 9 Investigates contacted the prospective landfill developer nominated by the city of Raymore but received no response.

If you have any suggestions, documents, or developments about this situation KMBC 9 Investigates should see, please email investigative reporter Matt Flener at [email protected]

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