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WSU/Pend Oreille Extension introduced the Sense of Place series in 1999, with a focus on place-based stewardship education. Since 2001, a partnership with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department (KNRD) has supported this newsletter and allowed us to expand class offerings through EPA funding. Further staff support comes through Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA). Our newest partner, sponsor of the Rain Garden Challenge, is the Pend Oreille Conservation District. Many thanks to our partners and to you, our readers, for your continued enthusiasm for "digging" into the natural history and culture ofthis part of the world.

Pend Oreille County Solid Waste

by Charles Kress

Pend Oreille County used to have dumps, or land fills as they are called now. Years ago they worked fine for our Great, Great Grandparents. But progress created more and more chemicals and we found these could not be dumped on the ground and left to seep into the soil and eventually into our drinking water.

In 1995 Pend Oreille County started a comprehensive program to deal with all our solid waste. Instead of dumps we have three transfer stations. The South County station is the main one on Deer Valley Road just west of Gray Road (about 6 miles west of Newport); Mid County is at 661 Jared Road off Highway 211 near Usk; and the North County station is at 1712 Sullivan Lake Road northeast of Ione.

All three transfer stations have FREE recycling and household hazardous waste drop-off sites, in addition to the garbage drop off. We encourage everyone to recycle.

•We take corrugated boxes (the cardboard with ridges, a typical brown box). It must be clean, dry and flattened—no plastic, no Styrofoam or anything else in it.

•We take aluminum cans.

•We take tin cans—they must be clean and the labels removed.

•We take bottle glas---clean and in any color but no window glass.

•We take newspapers, magazines, catalogues and office paper if it is clean & dry.

•We take general metal—car parts, washers, dryers and ranges---anything that is 90% metal.

(We do charge $20 plus tax for each refrigerated, freon appliance)

At our household hazardous waste station we can only take household (not business) waste. Everybody should try to use all of the products they buy so there is no waste—but if you can’t, then instead of pouring it down the drain or onto the ground, bring us the unused portion in its original container (so we can identify it) to any transfer station.

•We take latex and oil-base paints.

•We take used motor oil—but do not mix it with any other product such as water or antifreeze because we can only recycle used, but clean, motor oil.

•We take used antifreeze—again not mixed with anything.

•We take auto batteries and rechargeable type batteries.

South County is open Thursday to Monday, 9 am--5pm closed Tuesday & Wednesday.

Mid County in Usk is open Wednesday and Saturday only, 9am--5pm.

North County near Ione is open Wednesday and Saturday only, 8am--4pm.

After you have recycled properly, you can dump the rest into our containers which will be transported to a huge landfill in Klickitat County. Currently, we charge $92 per ton or $4.60 for 100 pounds. Mid County in Usk does not have a scale so the rate is $15 per cubic yard. The minimum charge at all 3 transfer stations is $4.60 + tax.

Be sure to visit the “FREE” tables—there is a lot of good stuff!!!

Charles Kress is a WSU Master Gardener and worked over 13 years for Pend Oreille County Public Works Department before retiring this summer.

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