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Plans For Future of Trash in Lane County

Lane County Waste Management

Lane County is updating its regional plan for what happens to its trash. It wants to hear from the public about solid waste.

Ashbridge: “Would we like to see a decrease in the amount of waste going to the landfill and an increase in recovery?”
Lane County spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge says the county’s goal is to increase its waste recovery rate to 63 percent—that means reducing what goes in the landfill by 49-thousand tons per year. Ashbridge says the county’s public landfill, Short Mountain, is projected to have a lifespan of about 100 more years.
Ashbridge: “How do we want that system to work regionally, so that we can create a healthy and safe community and an environmentally sound process into the future? This plan is really intended to guide those efforts through 2030.”
The county has an online survey for public input on the Solid Waste Management Plan. And there are community meetings throughout Lane County this month.

Community meetings:

Monday, September 19th, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Atrium Building Lobby (99 W. 10th Ave. Eugene)

Tuesday, September 20th, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center, (715 Quince St., Florence)

Wednesday, September 21st, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Creswell Community Center (99 S. 1st Street, Creswell)

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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