In an earlier article regarding the purchase of property adjacent to the Roseburg landfill and transfer station, commissioner Chris Boice stated: ”One day, the landfill will be full and have to be closed down. At that point, the county will likely begin hauling trash brought to the transfer stations to landfills in other counties.” No imagination!
What would this cost the county each year? $$$$$$.
Have these idle commissioners investigated the possibilities of building a waste to energy facility like the one in Marion County? Marion County is making money disposing of waste from private entities, and other counties. Marion County is also selling power to the local electrical utilities.
With their landfills about to reach capacity and a need for revenues they produced a solution to increase the moneys they received to benefit the county by building the waste to energy facility at Brooks, a few miles north of Salem.
It would not take much effort to contact the Marion County Solid Waste Department. Marion County negotiated with a waste to energy company and the initial cost to Marion County was very minimal. Of course, the waste to energy company reaped a substantial part of the initial profits, but the county was not paying other counties to dispose of their waste. Their waste facilities are the standard for disposal.
Douglas County owns plenty of property that would accommodate such a facility, such as the Glide transfer site.
EPA and DEQ regulations keep the exhaust from the facility cleaner than what some of the mills put out.
They (the idle Douglas County commissioners) better “do something” before another southwestern county beats them to the punch and fees increase to an unbearable amount. The cost of Douglas County transferring waste to other counties will surely be passed on to “us.”