“Benton County Talks Trash” work group scheduled to address future of solid waste!

A sanitation truck makes a pick up
Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Benton County Board of Commissioners want you to help “talk trash” this fall by participating in Benton County Talks Trash. The Board has directed County staff to follow recently released recommendations addressing a wide range of issues relating to solid waste and its disposal in the mid-Willamette Valley, including the future of the Coffin Butte landfill.

As a first step the Board will appoint a community-based work group to recommend a framework and processes for long-term solid waste planning. The County has also hired a skilled third-party facilitator from Oregon Consensus to help the work group lay out the path forward. Oregon Consensus supports collaboration by examining and weighing diverse viewpoints and interests to find commonalities.

“This is an important conversation for the future of our community. We look forward to working with community members, neighboring communities, and our landfill operators on constructive solutions for a responsible solid waste future in Benton County,” said Benton County Board Chair Nancy Wyse.

Commissioners are asking community members to serve on the Work Group and encouraging nominations by August 19, 2022. The Board aims to select a balanced group of eight members with a variety of perspectives to serve formally and is encouraging public participation.

The work group will kick-off in late August and continue meeting through mid-December. If you or someone you know would like to be considered for participation on the Work Group, please contact Benton County Community Development Director Darren Nichols: Darren.Nichols@co.benton.or.us or 541-766-6819.


Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please call Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or email pioinfo@co.benton.or.us.