Eastern IN plastics recycling project’s OK delayed by pest complaints

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RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Zoning officials in eastern Indiana have postponed a decision on a plastic recycling company’s planned expansion to investigate complaints that the company is a magnet for gnats, rats and other pests.

DAK Americas is seeking zoning variances to expand its Richmond business, which takes used plastic containers and cuts them into flakes that can be turned back into plastic bottles.

But the Palladium-Item reports the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals put the company’s requests for zoning variances to accommodate that expansion on hold last week after adjacent business owners urged the board not to approve them, citing infestations of gnats and other pests.

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