STOP expansion of the
Coffin Butte Landfill

The Coffin Butte Landfill is not safe. This dump is already polluting air and water and violating environmental laws. 

Making it larger will only make all this worse.

Help us prevent ANY future expansion of this monstrosity!

A NEW landfill would likely NEVER be permitted in this region today; why then is it okay to EXPAND one here? IT’S NOT. It’s a loophole. The EPA, DEQ and Benton County are not cracking down on this massive industrial operation. With little to no oversight, owner/operator Republic Services gets away with impunity.

• This is NOT A LOCAL ISSUE, and NOT something the public gets to vote on— it is NOT decided in an election.

• The landfill is NOT OWNED, OPERATED OR CONTROLLED by Benton County.

• This dump will be an Environmental LIABILITY for generations to come.

• It will also be a long-term Financial LIABILITY.

• Fully one-third of all the garbage in Western Oregon comes to this dump.

• It is an un-planned, accidental, terrible location for a landfill.

• “Dump days” (when the stink is so bad it drives people indoors) are a regular occurrence.

• Republic Services is a bad actor.

• If ANY expansion is approved, Republic Services will be able to bring in as much garbage as it wants as fast as it can.

• In summary: landfills are the worst disposal option. Help us prevent the expansion of this one, with the goal of bringing it to a close when its currently-permitted space is filled.

LATEST EXPANSION NEWS

July 11, 2024

At their July 9 virtual community meeting, Republic Services announced they plan to submit their application to expand around July 18. They also divulged being informed by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s office that the ongoing EPA investigation of the landfill may entail enforcement action: presumably fines and enhanced requirements of remediation.

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