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WE NEED A PLAN, NOT A BIGGER LANDFILL

By signing this petition, we are telling Commissioners Nancy Wyse, Xan Augerot and Pat Malone to OPPOSE ANY expansion of the Coffin Butte Landfill before Benton County completes a thorough, detailed waste management plan that focuses on future resilience and includes alternatives for decreasing and redistributing materials from the waste stream.

Background:
If it seems like the dump has been getting bigger faster, if it seems like there is always more garbage truck traffic and more litter, that’s because there is! For the past twenty years, other counties in Western Oregon have been closing down their landfills. Now their household and industrial waste is trucked in to Benton County. What do they know that we don’t know?

History:
March 29, 1977 is the last time a waste management plan was completed for Benton County. In it, the landfill was projected to close in the year 2000.

December 7, 2021 – Benton County Planning Commission unanimously denied LU-21-047, the application by Republic Services to expand Coffin Butte Landfill, finding that it would cause significant harm to Benton County.

Current Activity:
Republic Services says they intend to submit a new application to expand Coffin Butte Landfill north of Corvallis “soon.”

According to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality estimates, household waste from Benton County is less than 7% of what comes into the dump each year. If expansion is approved, Republic Services will be free to haul even more waste — household, commercial and industrial — into Benton County.

People say, “Trash has to go somewhere. If we don’t let them expand the dump, what alternatives are there?”

The answer is, we don’t know, because Benton County has no waste management plan. Other counties have plans that guide them through their options. It’s absurd to expand this landfill before completing a thorough plan, including alternatives for decreasing and redistributing the waste stream.

Republic Services is in a big hurry to get its expansion plan approved because of “contractual obligations to dozens of parties” outside Benton County. This is Republic’s own problem — not Benton County’s. We should not be threatened and rushed to make an irreversible decision to solve the poor planning and over-commitment issues of a huge national corporation.

Expansion would be a climate change disaster. Coffin Butte Landfill already produces lots of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and less than 60% of it is captured, according to Oregon DEQ.

Let’s take the time this important issue demands. In its latest annual report, Republic Services estimated that the existing landfill has capacity for at least 18 more years. That gives us plenty of time for a thorough study of what’s best for our county over the long run. It’s our future, not Republic’s, that’s important here.

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Latest Signatures
1,150
Keith L.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I do not feel like any other option other than expanding the current mountain of trash has been considered.
Apr 02, 2024
1,149
David L.
Adair Village
97330
United States
I have lived her for 20 years and the 5 years the oder of methane and garbage decay smell has become a significant issue for my family. I am concerned our leaders have lost focus on this issue. They have failed to keep protect our air, water and soil. The wildlife refuge is literally across the street. I used to enjoy hiking coffin butte now it's an eyesore. Plus the sounds of dump trucks an
Apr 02, 2024
1,148
Miriam L.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Methane (from food waste, etc.) from landfills is a serious problem and a significant contributor to climate change. An updated waste management plan is in order. And the state needs to be involved to figure out what to do with other counties' waste, before Benton County's landfill is expanded.
Mar 27, 2024
1,147
Cindia W.
Albany
97321
Benton
We need a healthy resolution for our environment and bodies!
Mar 25, 2024
1,146
Ginger H.
Albany
97321
USA
There needs to be more actions to curtail additional waste. We moved from AZ and the city handled the waste. They provided repurposed trash bins as compost continuers for a nominal fee of $5. I was surprised this was not a service here and this could have a positive impact with both repurposing damaged trash containers and preventing food waste from going into the landfill.
Mar 25, 2024
1,145
Kalli G.
Albany
97321
Benton
Totally agree with content of petition.
Mar 21, 2024
1,144
Karen D.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Expansion makes benton county air quality worse, and threatens wetland habitat.
Mar 11, 2024
1,143
Ken K.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Stop expansion and outside of county trash trucked in
Mar 08, 2024
1,142
Joel W.
Philomath
97370
Benton
I want Benton County to be a destination for Oregonians but not to known as the Oregonians trash destination. I'm all for expanding the landfill as by all accounts it's almost full (of other people opposed to expanding the landfill until there's
Jan 25, 2024
1,141
Gregory G.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Wellesley, MA Dump a better model
Dec 31, 2023