Environmental Services Funding a Safe and Responsible Solid Waste System
What Environmental Services Does
Environmental Services oversees a nationally recognized integrated solid waste system that promotes waste reduction and recycling activities in the county, as well as ensures the safe and sanitary disposal of solid waste.
Environmental Services owns two active disposal sites in the county, the North Marion County Disposal Facility located northwest of Woodburn and the Brown’s Island Demolition Landfill in southwest Salem. The county staffs the scale house at these facilities as well as two contracted facilities, the Covanta Energy-from-Waste Facility in Brooks and the Salem-Keizer Recycling and Transfer Station. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at the Salem-Keizer Recycling and Transfer Station is also owned by Marion County.
The county maintains one of the highest recycling rates in the state, and our communities recycled 59.7% of all waste generated in 2014. The division sponsors many programs to reduce, waste which helps satisfy the educational and promotional requirements for cities set by the State of Oregon. Some of the more notable programs include: the Master Recycler/Composter training program, which trains citizens how to be better stewards of the environment; the Paint Recycling program, which recycles latex paint for use by anyone in the community; and the Save the Food campaign that promotes food waste reduction.
ENERGY FROM WASTE
75% of Marion County's
garbage is processed at the
Energy-from-Waste Facility in
Brooks, which creates enough electricity to power a city the
size of Woodburn.
Marion County continues to
lead the way nationally in
recovery and recycling.
Environmental Services Funding
The solid waste portion of the division is funded primarily from disposal fees that are charged to customers who dispose of their waste at county-owned and contracted facilities. Revenue is also generated from garbage hauler franchise fees, the sale of electrical power produced at the Covanta Energy-from-Waste Facility, and metal recovered at Covanta.
View these documents for an overview of Environmental Services Funding and programs
Economic impacts to Environmental Services programs include declining revenues and increased expenses. It has been more than 20 years since the last tipping fee increase in 1992. There has been a recent change in the way electrical markets are valued, and metal prices have also dropped sharply in the last two years.
Marion County’s Cost Reduction Efforts
Marion County has reacted to these economic changes by reducing non-essential services. Some projects and programs that were suspended include: a metal recovery project, the school coordinator position, waste reduction community grants, a summer intern/scholarship program, and reducing the advertising budget by more than half.
Marion County has reduced operational and program costs, however there are mandatory reserves required for the two active disposal sites in the county. There are also fixed costs to manage solid waste that are essential to the safety and sanitation of the county.
In April 2016, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted increases in solid waste disposal fees including a $20 increase in the per ton tip fee for franchised garbage haulers at the Energy-from-Waste Facility and transfer stations. This increases the fee for the garbage haulers from $67.45 per ton to $87.45 per ton and for the transfer stations from $87.45 per ton to $107.45 per ton, effective October 1, 2016.
Salem-Keizer Recycling & Transfer Station and North Marion Transfer Station
|WASTE TYPE ||
|Solid Waste ||$87.45/ton ||$107.45/ton|
|Yard Waste ||$47.00/ton||$47.00/ton|
|Appliances with Freon ||$5.50 each ||$20.00 each|
|Appliances w/out Freon ||$5.50 each||$5.50 each|
|Tire (small) ||$1.25 each||$2.00 each|
|Tire on Rim (small) ||$2.75 each || $4.00 each|
|Tire (Medium) ||$10.00 each ||$10.00 each|
|Tire on Rim (Medium) ||$11.50 each||$20.00 each|
Browns Island Demolition Landfill
|WASTE TYPE ||CURRENT FEE||ADOPTED FEE|
|Asbestos (non-friable) ||$30.00/yard ||$75.00/yard|
|Asbestos (friable)||$75.00/yard ||$75.00/yard|
|Demolition Material ||$10.15/yard ||$13.00/yard|