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County to wait on new garbage proposal

June 10th, 2014 - 5:34am

(Port Angeles) Clallam County commissioners say they plan to take up a regional solid-waste plan again after the three cities in the county weigh in.

Commissioners were briefed again on the draft plan during a work session yesterday.

They say they still have concerns about how the plan, which recommends forming a taxing district, to pay for solid waste management.

Commissioner Mike Doherty says he doesn't think the plan does a strong enough play toward recycling.

Commissioners Mike Chapman and Jim McEntire echoed concerns about how the plan might effect overall garbage rates throughout the county. Solid waste in central and eastern Clallam County primarily goes to the city of Port Angeles' transfer station. Commissioners in the past have stated concerns about rising prices and a limit on choices for where garbage can be taken. McEntire says he thinks it's prudent to hear what the cities plan to do with the plan before the county takes it up again.

The draft solid-waste management plan heads to the Port Angeles city council for review next week.

Last week, the city adopted new rate increases at the transfer station to pay for a collapsing bluff at the old city landfill that threatens to spill garbage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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