Benton County to explore change to solid-waste duties

By The Tri-City HeraldMarch 18, 2014 

Benton County commissioners on Tuesday directed county staff to explore the possibility of turning over some solid waste-related duties to the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments.

Those duties would include coordinating Solid Waste Advisory Committee meetings and administering the comprehensive solid waste management plan process.

The committee -- made up of representatives from the county and its cities, as well as local garbage and recycling companies, the Benton-Franklin Health District, the state Department of Ecology and the public -- voted at a meeting earlier this year to request the county look into the change as a way to improve efficiency.

Commissioners on Tuesday also directed staff to issue a request for qualifications for engineering firms to perform some planning work for a moderate risk waste disposal facility. Those facilities can take household hazardous waste such as paint.

A facility used to operate at the Richland landfill, but it was destroyed by a fire in 2010.

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