Clark County Seeks Public Comment on Updated Solid Waste Management Plan

Vancouver, WA – An updated solid waste management plan providing goals and policies for recycling, disposal and related issues is available for public review.

A public comment period begins today and ends Monday, Dec. 8. Public comments will be incorporated into the draft plan submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The draft update sets five-year goals for Clark County, including increasing the county’s recycling rate to 55 percent from 53.9 percent and keeping 70 percent of the county’s waste stream out of landfills, up from 66.2 percent.

 Other proposed changes include:

  • Chapter 3, Sustainable Choices, would emphasize sustainable materials management in the solid waste system.
  • Chapter 5, Education and Outreach, would include additional information on how programs and outreach materials are developed and evaluated.
  • Chapter 7, Landfill Disposal, would have new master plan recommendations for the closed Leichner Landfill and adjacent properties and for decommissioning the closed Rufener Landfill.
  • Chapter 13, Organic Wastes, would have several new recommendations, including a feasibility study on the community’s capacity to process organic material.

A new chapter, Economic Development, has been added to encourage business growth in waste-related industries.

“A solid waste plan is a roadmap to managing the region’s waste,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services director. “Our Solid Waste Advisory Commission has spent many volunteer hours on this update. It represents an important part of what we do to protect our environment.”

The updated plan is on the county’s website:

Printed copies of the draft plan are available for review at these locations:

  • Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Room 185.
  • Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., fourth floor.
  • Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C N.E. Tenney Road.
  • Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way.

Comment forms are available at the same locations and on the county’s website. Comments can either be mailed or emailed to the county. Instructions are on the forms.

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