Petition

WE NEED A PLAN, NOT A BIGGER LANDFILL

By signing this petition, we are telling Commissioners Nancy Wyse, Xan Augerot and Pat Malone to OPPOSE ANY expansion of the Coffin Butte Landfill before Benton County completes a thorough, detailed waste management plan that focuses on future resilience and includes alternatives for decreasing and redistributing materials from the waste stream.

Background:
If it seems like the dump has been getting bigger faster, if it seems like there is always more garbage truck traffic and more litter, that’s because there is! For the past twenty years, other counties in Western Oregon have been closing down their landfills. Now their household and industrial waste is trucked in to Benton County. What do they know that we don’t know?

History:
March 29, 1977 is the last time a waste management plan was completed for Benton County. In it, the landfill was projected to close in the year 2000.

December 7, 2021 – Benton County Planning Commission unanimously denied LU-21-047, the application by Republic Services to expand Coffin Butte Landfill, finding that it would cause significant harm to Benton County.

Current Activity:
Republic Services says they intend to submit a new application to expand Coffin Butte Landfill north of Corvallis “soon.”

According to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality estimates, household waste from Benton County is less than 7% of what comes into the dump each year. If expansion is approved, Republic Services will be free to haul even more waste — household, commercial and industrial — into Benton County.

People say, “Trash has to go somewhere. If we don’t let them expand the dump, what alternatives are there?”

The answer is, we don’t know, because Benton County has no waste management plan. Other counties have plans that guide them through their options. It’s absurd to expand this landfill before completing a thorough plan, including alternatives for decreasing and redistributing the waste stream.

Republic Services is in a big hurry to get its expansion plan approved because of “contractual obligations to dozens of parties” outside Benton County. This is Republic’s own problem — not Benton County’s. We should not be threatened and rushed to make an irreversible decision to solve the poor planning and over-commitment issues of a huge national corporation.

Expansion would be a climate change disaster. Coffin Butte Landfill already produces lots of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and less than 60% of it is captured, according to Oregon DEQ.

Let’s take the time this important issue demands. In its latest annual report, Republic Services estimated that the existing landfill has capacity for at least 18 more years. That gives us plenty of time for a thorough study of what’s best for our county over the long run. It’s our future, not Republic’s, that’s important here.

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Latest Signatures
1,168
Elizabeth F.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Stop the landfill expansion! We don’t want other cities’ trash in our backyard.
Jul 11, 2024
1,167
Becky L.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I have grave concerns about the management and vision of the Coffin Butte Landfill. Regulations are not heeded and the influx of out of county refuse is not acceptable
Jul 11, 2024
1,166
John W.
Corvallis
97333
OR
Jul 10, 2024
1,165
Lily M.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Environmental concerns due to the unsuitablity of the landfill's location and management.
Jul 10, 2024
1,164
Caryn S.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I'm not on board with our landfill expanding for other counties' garbage.
Jul 06, 2024
1,163
Bryanna S.
Adair Village
97330
Benton
We do not want our children drinking polluted water, breathing polluted air and playing in contaminated dirt because Republic wants to make more money! Republic is not local and does not have Benton Countys best interest at heart! The landfill has way too many leaks to be safe and Benton County has already said NO several times! Stop sending trash from everywhere else to our backyard!
Jul 06, 2024
1,162
Heather U.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Because the landfill expansion is based on corporate greed & profits and not on the wellbeing of our community.
Jul 04, 2024
1,161
Nancy D.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Jun 30, 2024
1,160
Ken T.
Corvallis
97330-5004
Benton
I don't want counties from all over the state, in fact counties from out. of state, to be continue to use Benton County as a garbage dump. I have no confidence that Republic Services is managing the landfill in a responsible manner.
Jun 30, 2024
1,159
LISA E.
Corvallis
97330
OR
This expansion is just a corporation (Republic Services) imposing their will on the inhabitants of Benton County. We will be the losers.
Jun 29, 2024
1,158
Carley O.
Cincinnati
45231
Hamilton
Because I live in this godforsaken country and actually care about what happens to it and the rest of the planet.
Jun 29, 2024
1,157
Patty S.
Corvallis
97330
United States
I don't agree with expanding something that is polluting our air water and land. There has to be a better answer to this. I also don't agree the fact that we're taking garbage from other counties besides Benton county and dumping it in the landfill
Jun 29, 2024
1,156
Leah S.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Concerned student
Jun 29, 2024
1,155
Anna Maria J.
Portland
97225
Washington
We do not need a bigger landfill as our solution.
Jun 29, 2024
1,154
Mia P.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Jun 28, 2024
1,153
Garrett S.
Corvallis
97330
BENTON
Since I h
Jun 28, 2024
1,152
Ally H.
Springfield
97478
Lane
I believe in protecting the environment. Especially the sensitive ecosystems in and near the Willamette Valley.
Jun 28, 2024
1,151
Kimberly C.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Benton County cannot and should not bear the burden of the region's waste disposal; Republic and other waste services have an obligation to reduce waste not simply profit off of it on the backs of the planet and its residents
Jun 27, 2024
1,150
Keith L.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I do not feel like any other option other than expanding the current mountain of trash has been considered.
Apr 02, 2024
1,149
David L.
Adair Village
97330
United States
I have lived her for 20 years and the 5 years the oder of methane and garbage decay smell has become a significant issue for my family. I am concerned our leaders have lost focus on this issue. They have failed to keep protect our air, water and soil. The wildlife refuge is literally across the street. I used to enjoy hiking coffin butte now it's an eyesore. Plus the sounds of dump trucks an
Apr 02, 2024
1,148
Miriam L.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Methane (from food waste, etc.) from landfills is a serious problem and a significant contributor to climate change. An updated waste management plan is in order. And the state needs to be involved to figure out what to do with other counties' waste, before Benton County's landfill is expanded.
Mar 27, 2024
1,147
Cindia W.
Albany
97321
Benton
We need a healthy resolution for our environment and bodies!
Mar 25, 2024
1,146
Ginger H.
Albany
97321
USA
There needs to be more actions to curtail additional waste. We moved from AZ and the city handled the waste. They provided repurposed trash bins as compost continuers for a nominal fee of $5. I was surprised this was not a service here and this could have a positive impact with both repurposing damaged trash containers and preventing food waste from going into the landfill.
Mar 25, 2024
1,145
Kalli G.
Albany
97321
Benton
Totally agree with content of petition.
Mar 21, 2024
1,144
Karen D.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Expansion makes benton county air quality worse, and threatens wetland habitat.
Mar 11, 2024
1,143
Ken K.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Stop expansion and outside of county trash trucked in
Mar 08, 2024
1,142
Joel W.
Philomath
97370
Benton
I want Benton County to be a destination for Oregonians but not to known as the Oregonians trash destination. I'm all for expanding the landfill as by all accounts it's almost full (of other people opposed to expanding the landfill until there's
Jan 25, 2024
1,141
Gregory G.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Wellesley, MA Dump a better model
Dec 31, 2023
1,140
Katherine L.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
We need a plan to keep our community safe and informed.
Dec 22, 2023
1,139
Todd A.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
The only home I could afford is near the landfill. I don’t want to choose between instability and renting or the health of myself and my family. Regulation and reasonable limits are how we can protect our community.
Dec 16, 2023
1,138
Deb M.
Albany
97321
Benton
Solutions don't come from bigger (fill in the blank), but rather strategic long-term comprehensive plans that prioritize people, land, water and wildlife. Let's work on reusing, recycling, and restricting our consumption and disposal habits.
Oct 30, 2023
1,137
John R.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
Expanding this facility is beyond irresponsible. We need a landfill for this county. But we don't need to be taking garbage from all over the state.
Oct 14, 2023
1,136
Kim B.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
We need to stop taking in so much trash from outside Benton Co.
Oct 13, 2023
1,135
Maynard F.
Corvallis
97333-1825
Benton
Oct 11, 2023
1,134
Carolyn G.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Because this is so important a decision.
Oct 11, 2023
1,133
Richard B.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
I passionately support this petition and no landfill expansion in Benton County.
Oct 11, 2023
1,132
Trish O.
Newport
97365
Lincoln
I'm signing this petition because it's the most sane action that Benton county can take on this issue. WE NEED A PLAN before we take one more step forward.
Oct 11, 2023
1,131
Herb P.
Corvallis
97339
Benton
Landfills are TOXIC WASTE DUMPS. Don't be lazy, explore the acceptable alternatives.
Oct 11, 2023
1,130
Stephen E.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Oct 10, 2023
1,129
Emily T.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
I live in Corvallis and want other alternatives.
Oct 10, 2023
1,128
Mike B.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Landfills are toxic dump sites. We need to have a “beyond landfills” plan.
Oct 10, 2023
1,127
Jacob W.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
I am passionate about waste management, and landfills are simply a problem for my generation to eventually have to deal with.
Oct 10, 2023
1,126
Karen N.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Landfilll is too large and produces toxic water that should be added to Bento County waste water.
Oct 10, 2023
1,125
Andrew D.
Corvallis
97330
United States
Sep 11, 2023
1,124
Brandie M.
Kingwood
77339
Harris
Supporting the message
Sep 03, 2023
1,123
Felicity B.
Sydney
2011
Australia
I support the position of this petition.
Aug 31, 2023
1,122
Claire M.
corvalis
97331
Benton
Aug 31, 2023
1,121
Randy R.
Corvallis
97339
Benton
We need transparency and public involvement and a regional waste management plan. Not a free for all for the rest of the state of Oregon to dump in Benton County.
Aug 15, 2023
1,120
Maryjo G.
Corvallis
97330
United States
We need transparency to reveal the apparent sweetheart deal between our local government and the waste management company.
Aug 15, 2023
1,119
Cole M.
Albany
97321
Benton
My family have been picking up trash and dealing with the smell more and more
Aug 13, 2023
1,118
Keri M.
Albany
97321
Benton
My parents live on coffin butte and I grew up here.
Aug 13, 2023
1,117
Carolyn H.
Corvallis
97330
enton
Aug 12, 2023
1,116
Dan F.
Harrisburg
97446
Linn
I signed this petition because I agree that Benton County needs a well thoughtout waste management plan.
Jul 28, 2023
1,115
Taryn B.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
Jul 22, 2023
1,114
Ashley D.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
We need to try and decrease waste before we talk about expanding the landfill.
Jul 22, 2023
1,113
Dana L.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I am concerned about waste management in Benton County.
Jul 20, 2023
1,112
Evan S.
Eugene
97402
Lane
Multiple concerns with the environmental impacts of Coffin Butte landfill
Jul 19, 2023
1,111
Corina O.
Albany
97321
Benton
Jul 18, 2023
1,110
Elvira H.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
Deeply concerned about the environmental impacts of the landfill if expansion is allowed.
Jul 17, 2023
1,109
Nitesh M.
Albany
97321
Benton
I live in Benton county. I care about environment I live in. I support sensible and fair solutions that have been thoroughly thought.
Jul 16, 2023
1,108
DENISE W.
CORVALLIS
97330
Benton
Changing the current (laws)from accepting garbage from multiple counties and surrounding areas to an antiquated Full and encroaching area.
Jul 14, 2023
1,107
Nelson O.
Albany
97321
Benton
The land fill is contaminating our environment and there is good chance that the pollution may be sipping down to the water that we drink. These problems may also be affecting our community at Adair Village.
Jul 11, 2023
1,106
Tony C.
Corvallis
97333-3959
Benton
I don't want to see the Coffin Butte landfill rec
Jul 09, 2023
1,105
Stephanie c.
Corvallis, OR
97333
benton
I signed because i don't want Benton County being a dumping ground for garbage coming from other areas. I'm also sick of all the garbage on Hwy 99 near the Coffin Butte turnoff that is falling off the trucks bringing it in.
Jul 08, 2023
1,104
Emil W.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
The should not be taking trash from outside the Corvallis area.
Jul 08, 2023
1,103
Carol G.
Philomath
97370
Benton
Without a well thought out and detailed waste management plan, Benton County is going forward blind - and that is poor leadership. This plan need to take into consideration the will of the people of the county, as well as any environmental hazards that may result due to an expansion.
Jul 07, 2023
1,102
Connie Z.
Adair Village
97330
Benton
It's a good cause.
Jul 07, 2023
1,101
Mary K M.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I am vehemently opposed to any expansion of the landfill and trash hauling there from other communities!
Jul 06, 2023
1,100
Pati C.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
I want to encourage our law makers to listen to the people of Benton County and stop taking trash from other areas which would require the Coffin Butte sight to be expanded.
Jul 06, 2023
1,099
Tom D.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
Jul 06, 2023
1,098
Brian C.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Because are County Commissioners listen to their own County employees as the main stakeholders for budget decisions.
Jul 06, 2023
1,097
Ravi B.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
Benton county should not be the dumping ground for large portions of Oregon
Jul 06, 2023
1,096
Deborah J.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
demand a new waste management plan with enforceable rules
Jul 06, 2023
1,095
loretta o.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Jul 06, 2023
1,094
Bridget T.
corvallis
97330
Benton
Any landfill expansion needs to be done in a facility owned and controlled by the county. Shut this landfill down now and replace it with one we control. Even if it’s next door! Then find a better waste management plan to prevent over filling it.
Jul 06, 2023
1,093
Cari O.
Albany
97321
Benton
To oppose the expansion of the coffin butte landfill. We need a plan! Stop importing trash from other counties.
Jul 05, 2023
1,092
John S.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
It is ridiculous that the landill in our own backyard seeks to expand in order to accomodate waste from outside the county.
Jul 05, 2023
1,091
Geoffrey H.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
The commissioners need to regulate waste coming into the landfill from other counties and not be pressured by Republic services to expand the landfill!
Jul 05, 2023
1,090
Duane W.
Corvallis
97333-1125
Benton
Coffin Butte is not a good place for a landfill, and we should not make matters worse by expanding the landfill.
Jul 05, 2023
1,089
Kathleen B.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I oppose any expansion to Coffin Butte landfill and expect the county commissioners to do a detailed, published waste management plan.
Jul 04, 2023
1,088
Suzanna M.
Corvallis
97330-2006
Benton
I am appalled at the increase of imported waste coming into Benton County, and the effects on land and water.
Jul 04, 2023
1,087
Andrew G.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
The county needs to assert control over what, and how much, gets landfilled in our county
Jul 04, 2023
1,086
Daniel M.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
We should be EXPORTING garbage, not importing it.
Jul 04, 2023
1,085
Deborah M.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
We shouldn't be the dumping ground for other counties. And Republic should not be the decision maker for our community.
Jul 04, 2023
1,084
Benjamin B.
Albany
97321
Benton
Close landfill to other counties
Jul 04, 2023
1,083
Aneila H.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Jul 04, 2023
1,082
Sundar V.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Jul 04, 2023
1,081
Carol D.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
This is an extremely important issue and it is not in keeping with Benton County’s population’s values.
Jul 04, 2023
1,080
Nanci A.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
This is an environmental disaster.
Jul 03, 2023
1,079
Gary P.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Friends reside near the landfill
Jun 19, 2023
1,078
Cristina W.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I am signing this petition because I agree that Benton Country needs a thorough plan that focuses on decreasing materials from the waste stream before proceeding to any expansion of the Coffin Butte Landfill.
Jun 19, 2023
1,077
Rebecca N.
Adair Village
97330
Benton
I live close to Coffin Butte, and it smells bad. Many a time I have to close my doors and windows because of the smell.
Jun 19, 2023
1,076
Jeff S.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
We are filling up the landfill with too many other cities trash. I live near it and it stinks. Eventually it will be full and we still won’t have a good plan.
Jun 18, 2023
1,075
dee a.
corvallis
97330
benton
toxic waste ,no plan, health situations resulting from garbage
Jun 18, 2023
1,074
Mary Kay B.
Lincoln City
97367
Lincoln
I prefer we spend time to figure out how to get rid of our waste scientifically that doesn’t harm our land, air and water.
Jun 18, 2023
1,073
Jillian G.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
Against waste from afar!
Jun 17, 2023
1,072
Kristin G.
Philomath
97370
Benton
Jun 17, 2023
1,071
Julie W.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
We don’t want budget greed determining our quality of life. We need a lot of clean up here and expanding the Coffin Butte is the kind of thing that makes for zero enthusiasm for the kind of town we live in. Stop dumping! On the land and the people,
Jun 16, 2023
1,070
Ladd H.
Corvallis
97330
Benton
I live near the landfill and can smell it regularly and do not want more toxic fumes (generated who knows where and trucked in) wafting through my house.
Jun 16, 2023
1,069
Gerard F.
Corvallis
97333
Benton
Benton county NEEDS a waste management plan!
Jun 16, 2023