There’s good news for the spring cleaners in Kennewick.
Waste Management is reopening the Kennewick Transfer Station at 8 a.m. Wednesday, said Gary Chittim, Waste Management’s communications director.
Operators were forced to close the garbage facility on Thursday when irrigation piping and grape vineyard wire jammed the compactor.
The material that gummed up the compactor was acceptable waste. It got stuck in the machinery through an accident of positioning within the flow of waste.
Chittim said workers had to remove the stuck material and repair the machinery before reopening.
The transfer station accepts waste from Waste Management customers. The trash is compacted and driven away by truck for disposal.
The closure came as Tri-Citians began to haul in yard waste and more as part of spring cleaning, though Chittim said there is never a good time for a transfer station to go down.
“Any time we have to have it closed is just a bad, bad thing,” he said.
The station is at 2627 S. Ely St.