Lane County Seeks Input on Regional Solid Waste Management Plan to Reduce Waste


by Devon Ashbridge, Public Information Officer

Lane County’s Waste Management Division is seeking public input on its update to the regional Solid Waste Management Plan, including potential strategies to increase waste diversion from the landfill.

The ultimate goal of the updated management plan is to develop a waste management system that is environmentally sound, technologically feasible, cost-effective, locally controlled and publicly acceptable, while providing for an overall reduction in waste generation. There are two ways for community members to provide feedback:

  1. Complete the brief online survey by Sept. 16
  2. Attend a community meetings on Monday, September 19, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Atrium Building Lobby (99 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene). The meeting will include an open house from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with information for those who are unfamiliar with the detailed of Lane County’s regional solid waste systems.

In addition to the community meetings, Lane County will reach out to city representatives, those in the solid waste industry and business leaders.

“Working with our community to create a long-term plan to reduce our collective waste and manage what remains is critical to a healthy future,” said Waste Management Division Manager Dan Hurley. “An updated plan will help us create long-term stability in our services, help us protect our environment and support a healthy economy.”

The current Solid Waste Management Plan was adopted in 2002. Lane County has since achieved the majority of the goals outlined in that plan. In addition, there have been significant changes in solid waste management technology and laws during the last thirteen years.

Lane County has set a targeted, countywide recovery rate of 63 percent by the year 2050. In 2014, the recovery rate was 53.1 percent. To reach its goal of a 63 percent recovery rate, the County will need to divert approximately 49,000 additional tons each year.

This update is a cooperative effort among citizens, local governments, and private industry stakeholders to develop an effective Solid Waste Master Plan that will guide regional efforts through 2030. It is an opportunity to seek new and innovative solutions and partnerships that will support a healthier community.