September 28, 7:00-8:45 pm
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
“Since World War II, the southern end of Coffin Butte in north Benton County, Oregon, has served as a
solid waste dump site in one form or another. Over time, the site has changed and grown – beginning as a rock quarry, then a U.S Army garbage dump/burn pile, Coffin Butte now serves as a full-scale regional
landfill serving dozens of communities in western Oregon and Washington. While the site has changed
and grown over time, Benton County has not adopted a plan for managing the site or the waste left there
over the decades.” – From Executive Summary, Benton County Talks Trash
In September 2022, “Benton County Talks Trash” kicked off an 8-month public workgroup process, forming five subcommittees to seek common understandings of the history, land use, legal issues, and future of solid waste at the landfill, and to develop a long-term sustainable materials management and community education plan. The result was the Benton County Talks Trash Solid Waste Process Report – a report including findings and recommendations to support decision-making about the future of solid waste in Benton County.
The League has invited six community members who served on the Benton County Talks Trash Subcommittees to share their perspectives.
The goal of the League’s September program is to provide a basic overview of the Workgroup’s process, an opportunity to identify community concerns, and to outline Benton County’s future plans for waste management. (NOTE: The program will not be about landfill expansion.)
Don’t miss this important event!