The Benton County Talks Trash Solid Waste Process Workgroup will host an open house on April 4 at the Kalapuya Building in west Corvallis. (Photo by graffoto8/Getty Images via Canva)

The Benton County Talks Trash Solid Waste Process Workgroup invites the public to participate in an open house from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kalapuya Building in west Corvallis, officials announced.

The workgroup has been working on finding a constructive path forward relating to sustainable materials management and the future of solid waste disposal in the Mid-Willamette Valley, including at the Coffin Butte regional landfill. 

The workgroup is scheduled to deliver a report to the Benton County Board of Commissioners during its April 4 regular meeting with recommendations on specific solid waste topics.

According to a press release, “Benton County will be seeking feedback following the submittal of the final report to the Board of Commissioners. Because this is a “bridge” process to subsequent county actions, the report does not address whether the landfill should be expanded or closed.”

Officials said the April 4 open house will provide a chance for the public to learn more from the workgroup as well as workgroup subcommittees that have been focused on landfill size, capacity and longevity, a sustainable materials management plan, past land-use application conditions, legal issues and community education.

“Transparency and openness with our community are a top priority and we have strived to be as open and transparent as we can by engaging with community members who have diverse perspectives, key stakeholders, landfill operators, adjacent counties, Oregon DEQ and more,” Benton County Community Development Director Darren Nichols said through a press release. “The open house on April 4 is another opportunity for us to engage with the community and we hope it will be well attended.”

Benton County’s Kalapuya Building is located at 4500 Research Way.