Comments, Concerns or Complaints about the landfill?

Noise? Odor? Roadside trash? Litter blowing from trucks? Landfill activity outside hours of operation? Greenhouse gases? Leachate? Something else?

Contact DSAC to express your comment, concern or complaint (see below). DSAC hears these complaints/concerns and then compiles a Community Concern Annual Report to file with ODEQ (Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality). You can contact DSAC to get a copy of this report.

SWAC/DSAC:

SWAC (Solid Waste Advisory Council) has been dissolved by the Board of Commissioners as of Sept 2023 (although doubts remain as to the legality of that move).

DSAC (Disposal Site Advisory Committee) meetings – which were suspended by BofC for about a year – will be resuming in Oct 2023. It is planned for the meetings to be held monthly (on a regular day of the month, TBD). DSAC is the body to which community members should bring their comments, concerns and complaints about the landfill. At the present time, meetings will still be held virtually.

To find out when meetings are scheduled, go to the Benton County website Disposal Site Advisory Committee webpage https://www.co.benton.or.us/dsac/page/disposal-site-advisory-committee and check the sidebar “Upcoming Events.”

Benton County Board of Commissioners:

(Click here to learn how to understand the Commissioners’ Calendar.)

The Board of Commissioners holds their regular board meetings on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month starting at 9am. You can tune in virtually or attend in person. Agendas for these meetings are generally posted online a week before the meeting. To see an agenda/attend virtually, go to their webpage https://www.co.benton.or.us/boc and then to their calendar (in the left-hand sidebar, or click here). The link to their virtual meeting is embedded in the top of each meeting’s agenda. You do not need to pre-register to attend OR comment. Note that the Public Comment period is always at the very beginning of each meeting, so if you want to speak you need to be prepared!

How to view videos of past Board Meetings:
·       On the Benton County YouTube channel, under “playlists”, there is a comprehensive list of videos of past BOC meetings. Videos upload to YouTube within a few hours after the meeting. No account or signup is needed to view these.
o   Playlist link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxkQOCH37N7peQblIeSSV7l_tyofkD2iD
·       Meetings are also livestreamed on the Benton County Facebook page, and the recording stays up afterwards. To find all the past videos listed, go to “More” and then “videos”. A Facebook account is needed to access these.
o   Benton County Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BentonCoGov/

The Benton County “Trash Talk” workgroup

Here is the link to the TTWG homepage:
https://www.co.benton.or.us/cd/page/solid-waste-process-work-group

The TTWG process ended in April 2023. Click on the above link for the final report.

Oregon’s new Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act:

Here’s information about it on DEQ’s website:
https://www.oregon.gov/deq/recycling/pages/modernizing-oregons-recycling-system.aspx

Here’s a good explanatory article on Rogue Disposal and Recycling’s website (they’re down by Medford):
https://roguedisposal.com/resources/education/recycling/oregons-new-recycling-modernization-act-updates-and-overhauls-oregons-recycling-system

Institute for Energy Resource Management:

This amazing group’s focus is entirely on renewable energy and sustainable resource management.

https://ie-rm.org

State Representative Dan Rayfield:

Dan Rayfield is our representative in the Oregon state government (we are in House District 16).

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/rayfield