The Falls Township Board of Supervisors set the wheels in motion for the creation of 15 to 20 new jobs with the planned opening of an indoor composting facility.
The Falls Supervisors unanimously granted preliminary and final land development approval Tuesday. The plan calls for construction of a 127,000-square-foot facility built on a 15.5-acre parcel located on Tyburn Road. Attorney Tom Jennings said the McGill Fairless Hills composting facility is expected to be up and running within a year.
The site is in the township’s farming and mining district. The current property owner is involved with outdoor composting, he said, adding that the state-of-the-art facility would be a “natural expansion of that use.”
Noel Lyons, who emigrated from Ireland 29 years ago, co-founded McGill Environmental soon after. Since then, the company has grown to be “one of the most respected companies” in the industry, he said. Its origin was developed at Rutgers University to deal with two widespread problems: organic waste of all types and greatly degraded soil.
The company has composted more than 5 million tons of material, according to Lyons. Its customers include municipalities and landscapers. McGill Environmental’s compost is used on sports turf, 200 golf courses and to help with erosion control.
Of the 5,000 composting facilities in the U.S., Lyons said more than 99 percent are outdoor-only businesses. At the indoor facility Lyons said he plans to compost 400 tons per day.
“Whatever comes in his front door leaves the back door as a product,” Jennings said.
In addition to the compost not having by-products, Lyons said the indoor facility helps to keep odors controlled.
Compost would be created from non-hazardous materials, including wood, food waste and yard waste.