Commissioners approve landfill zone change
The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners voted 2-0 Thursday to approve a zone change application by Waste Management Inc. designed to pave the way for expansion of Riverbend Landfill. The vote included a condition that limits future landfill expansion to the proposed 37 additional acres.
Also, commissioners took a surprising step by requiring that Waste Management initiate a green technology facility within seven years of when the Department of Environmental Quality issues a permit for landfill expansion. That timeline could be sooner, tied to Riverbend fill of 3.6 million tons of solid waste in the expanded area, which is roughly seven years of collecting 510,000 tons of garbage annually.
See Friday's print edition for additional details.