By Ralph Schwartz
Cascadia Daily News 

ABC Recycling becomes a flashpoint in growth debate

 

Last updated 11/2/2023 at 11:26am

Hailey Hoffman, Cascadia Daily News

ABC Recycling has been storing scrap metal on the waterfront and shipping it overseas since 2022.

People on both sides of the debate about a metal recycling business in Bellingham might agree on one thing.

It feels like Cherry Point all over again.

Over the past 15 years at least, Whatcom County's industrial zone along the Salish Sea has been the subject of a turf war between labor leaders and others who insist the county should be a home to heavy industry, and residents calling for a relatively pristine playground for families, retirees and wildlife.

Among those who live and work in Bellingham, the debate shifted closer to home after ABC Recycling began storing and shipping scrap metal at the city's waterfront in June 2022.

Critics see the Canada-based company conducting a two-pronged incursion into the city: the noisy shipping operation, and now a proposed metal-shredding facility on industrial land in Alderwood.

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