King County continues dialogue with landfill neighbors at April 23 meeting

April 20, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. April 20, 2014

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division hosts a Cedar Hills Regional Landfill community meeting from 7-9 p.m. April 23 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

Meeting topics include updates by division staff on landfill operational, construction and environmental management activities, and updates by Bio Energy Washington staff on its landfill gas-to-energy plant.

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Cedar Hills landfill sets community meeting

October 15, 2013

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill hosts its semi-annual community meeting from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

The community meetings provide an ongoing forum for area residents and King County Solid Waste Division staff to discuss conditions and activities at the landfill. Bio Energy Washington staff will also give an update on the landfill gas-to-energy plant.

Solid waste generated in King County, excluding Seattle and Milton, is disposed at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, the only active landfill remaining in the county. Located at 16645 228th Ave. S.E., a 920-acre site south of Issaquah, Cedar Hills has provided for disposal of the county’s solid waste since 1965.

Learn more by calling 206-296-4490 or go to http://1.usa.gov/19A2Anj.

 

 

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill meeting details gas, noise changes

May 28, 2013

In a quarterly community information meeting about the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, members of the King County Solid Waste Division told those gathered that they have taken steps to correct noise and gas issues.

About 20 people attended the meeting in the King County Library Services building April 24 for the regular meeting in which the county hoped to continue a conversation with the community.

Victor Okereke, the engineering services manager for the Solid Waste Division, discussed the changes made in the landfill to respond to odor and gas complaints.

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King County holds landfill meeting in Issaquah

April 23, 2013

King County will host a community landfill meeting in the continued effort to gather feedback and share ideas.

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division will host an ongoing forum for area residents from 7-9 p.m. April 24 at the King County Library Service Center, at 960 Newport Way N.W.

Topics for the meeting will include updates from county staff about landfill activities and updates from Bio Energy Washington staff members on its landfill gas-to-energy plant.

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County expands options for mattress recycling

March 5, 2013

King County recently added more options for residents to recycle old mattresses.

The county’s Take it Back Network is meant to reduce the number of mattresses headed for the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Issaquah. King County received about 90,000 mattresses, weighing more than 3,000 tons, for disposal at transfer stations and the landfill last year.

Mattresses contain several recyclable materials including polyurethane foam, steel, cotton and wood.

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Residents sue Cedar Grove Composting over odors

February 5, 2013

In Mirrormont, longtime homeowner Cathe Avila can no longer keep windows open at home, or walk black Labrador retriever Django in the neighborhood.

The problem, she said, is the odor from the Cedar Grove Composting facility in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley, about seven miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

Avila said the odor is traceable to 2004, once Cedar Grove starting accepting food scraps for composting.

“Then, after that, the smell just started getting worse and worse,” she said.

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Issaquah milestones from 2012 reflect challenges, changes

December 25, 2012

Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig June 26 at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.

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King County garbage disposal fee hike starts Jan. 1

December 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 21, 2012

Residents can expect to pay more for garage pick-up, and to dump garbage at transfer stations and drop boxes, after Jan. 1, as King County seeks to modernize the aging solid waste system.

The average residential customer putting out a single container of garbage for curbside collection per week is likely pay about 57 cents per month more as garbage haulers cover the disposal fees.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers.

The fee for bringing solid waste to a transfer station or drop box is poised to increase from $117.42 to $129.40 per ton, including tax and a moderate risk waste fee. The minimum fee is due to increase from $20 to $22, including tax and the fee.

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Customers could pay more for garbage pickup

October 16, 2012

The cost for garbage pickup in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County is expected to rise next year, after the King County Council approved a rate increase Sept. 24.

Under the updated rate structure, the cost for commercial vehicles, such as garbage trucks, to dump trash at county facilities is $120.17 per ton. The current rate, put in place in September 2011, is $109 per ton.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers. So, the average customer putting out a single can for pickup can expect to pay about 65 cents more per month next year, although the exact increase depends on how haulers pass on the rate hike to consumers.

The rate is due to increase to $19.22 from $17.49 per load for residents hauling garbage to county transfer stations.

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King County hosts Cedar Hills Regional Landfill tour, meeting

October 9, 2012

See the destination for most King County garbage up close.

The county is opening the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill for a free tour from 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 20.

Cedar Hills, the last operating landfill in the county, encompasses 920 acres and accepts about 800,000 tons of garbage each year from across King County, excluding Seattle and Milton.

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