ANC 7D Hears About New Benning Road Zero Waste Facility


Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 7D met Dec. 12 via Zoom. Commissioners Siraaj Hasan (7D01), Ebony Payne (7D05), Marc Friend (7D06), Brett Astmann (7D07, treasurer), Brian Alcorn (7D08, vice chair), Ashley Schapitl (7D09), secretary) and Brianne Eby (7D10) were in attendance. Commissioner Siraaj Hasan (7D01) was absent. Commissioners Wendell Felder (7D03, chair) and Mike Davis (7D04) were absent. Single Member District 7D02 remains vacant.

The DC Department of Public Works’s (DPW) Chief Administrative Officer and Benning Road Transfer Station Project Manager Jessica Smith briefed commissioners on the agency’s plans for a new transfer station at 3200 Benning Rd., NE. DPW plans to replace the current facility damaged by a 2021 fire, with a new, state of the art operation that is “forward looking and community oriented.”

The new facility, Smith stated, is expected to open in 2027 It will provide an innovative, clean and accessible space for residents to access “waste diversion activities” like recycling, she said. Additionally, DPW will build an educational center on the site to teach the community and school groups about recycling and sustainable materials management.

Commissioners expressed an interest in helping DPW gather community feedback. The agency, Smith said, will be launching a community advisory committee for the project.

Other Matters

The commission voted to write to the DC Council in support of renaming the 1300, 1400, 1500 and 1600 blocks of A Street NE “Blue & White Marching Machine Way” in recognition of The Eastern High School marching band.

ANC 7D will meet next on Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more at

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