Comments sought on waste management plan

Deadline is Dec. 8

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An updated solid waste management plan providing goals and policies for recycling, disposal and related issues in Clark County is available for public review.

A public comment period ends Monday, Dec. 8. Public comments will be incorporated into the draft plan submitted to the Department of Ecology.

The update sets five-year goals, including increasing the recycling rate to 55 percent from 53.9 percent and keeping 70 percent of the waste stream out of landfills, up from 66.2 percent.

Other proposed changes include:

o Chapter 3, Sustainable Choices, would emphasize sustainable materials management in the solid waste system.

o Chapter 5, Education and Outreach, would include additional information on how programs and outreach materials are developed and evaluated.

o Chapter 7, Landfill Disposal, would have new master plan recommendations for the closed Leichner Landfill and adjacent properties and for decommissioning the closed Rufener Landfill.

o Chapter 13, Organic Wastes, would have several new recommendations, including a feasibility study on the community’s capacity to process organic material.

The updated plan is at

Printed copies are available for review at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Room 185 and the Vancouver Community Library, 901 “C” St., fourth floor.

Comment forms are available at the same locations and on the county’s website at