Press Release
Solid Waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Comments still sought on Ellensburg Transfer Station new potential site

02/08/2018 - 02/23/2018 - Kittitas County has extended the feedback period for the US97/Old Highway 10 potential site, one of the sites currently being considered for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station, to February 23.

Kittitas County has extended the feedback period for the US97/Old Highway 10 potential site, one of the sites currently being considered for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station, to February 23. This site was selected for further consideration in January due to its large size, accessibility, ability to meet zoning requirements, and location within the Urban Growth Area. The list of sites currently being considered includes the Tjossem Road site, Cement Plant site, and US97/Old Highway 10 site (Siting Status).

 

The US97/Old Highway 10 site was originally screened out of consideration due to the presence of a small strip of flood plain on the site. The technical team has looked carefully at the site and is confident the new station can be engineered to avoid issues with the flood plain.

 

The County is now seeking additional public feedback on the US97/Old Highway 10 site. Please visit https://kittitascountytransferstation.participate.online between January 12 – February 19, 2018 to learn more about the US97/Old Highway 10 site and share your thoughts (this feedback period was originally scheduled to close on February 2). A site map showing how the site would sit on the proposed site has been added to the website.

 

Kittitas County is doing a step-by-step process to find the best site for a new Ellensburg Transfer Station. The County is working with a team of consultants and has been consulting with the community throughout the siting process to ensure that the public’s feedback is incorporated into the decision and a location is chosen that best meets technical and community criteria.

 

A new solid waste transfer station, compost facility, household hazardous waste facility, and recycling depot is needed to replace the Ellensburg Transfer Station. The current station and composting operations are limited due to flooding. It is also too small for the number of customers using it which often results in long customer wait lines and potential safety issues. There is also no capacity to accept any new material types.

 

The County has hosted two community meetings so far, last June and September, to hear from the community about their values and potential sites. It also has a dedicated website providing information, describing the siting process, and encouraging community input into the siting process. For more information and to share feedback (during comment periods), the community is encouraged to visit https://kittitascountytransferstation.participate.online.

 

As the Ellensburg Transfer Station siting process continues, the County will also continue to inform and involve the community in the process.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Patti Johnson, 509-962-7542
patti.johnson@co.kittitas.wa.us