Friday, January 30, 2009

Columbia Resource Company Celebrates Grand Opening at Port Of CW

New waste transfer station will serve Camas-Washougal

Washougal, Wash. (January 28, 2009) – The Columbia Resource Company [CRC], a subsidiary of Waste Connections, Inc., will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Washougal Transfer Station with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The community is invited to attend the ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 2 pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The actual public opening of the facility is scheduled for later in February. The new Washougal Transfer Station is located at the east end of the existing Port of Camas-Washougal Industrial Park at 3720 South Grant Street, Washougal, Wash.

The CRC’s Washougal Transfer Station will operate under contract with Clark County for its solid waste disposal, and will primarily handle the transfer of municipal solid waste collected in the Cities of Camas and Washougal. The Washougal Transfer Station is CRC’s third transfer station in Clark County, and it will be open to the public for garbage drop off (for a fee) from 8 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays (actual public opening later in February). Recyclable material can be dropped off at no charge from Monday to Saturday.


Through a Clark County competitive bid process, CRC is the contractor on record for all three solid waste transfer stations in Clark County. The need for an additional solid waste transfer station arose as a result of East County's new development over the past decade. The 4.5-acre site will be specifically designed to handle solid waste needs and provide a more convenient disposal option for residents of the Camas-Washougal community, according to Scott Campbell, CRC District Manager. Campbell anticipates handling enough solid waste for about two to three transloads a day, serving primarily their east County residents.

The new Washougal Transfer Station will feature a recycling drop-off area for recyclables such as newspapers, cardboard, mixed waste paper, tins, aluminum cans, and glass bottles. One day per month, CRC will offer free, safe disposal of household hazardous waste (moderate risk), including chemicals, paints and used motor oil. This is in addition to the actual solid waste facility where material will be sorted and transferred out to their designated landfills. For more information on Waste Connections, visit

"This waste transfer facility will be an important community resource for recycling and responsible handling of local waste," said Port director of planning and development, Scot Walstra. "This site has gone through major public scrutiny over a multi-year permitting process. CRC has been consistently cooperative and has gone the extra mile to ensure this transfer facility is a good neighbor in our industrial park." Landscaping is planned to strategically screen the facility from their industrial neighbors and foot traffic on the dike. Walstra believes that the local transfer station will provide needed services, reduce carbon emissions and help protect the environment through recycling, reducing illegal dumping, and diminish road travel.

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