Waste management company Republic Services will hold two open-house sessions Tuesday to answer the public’s questions about its potential partnership with Cowlitz County to operate the Headquarters landfill.
According to Republic Municipal Relationship Manager Steve Gilmore, everyone is invited to ask one-on-one questions of company officials. There will be no formal presentations, he said.
The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Expo Center on Seventh Avenue in Longview.
Representatives from multiple divisions of Arizona-based Republic will be present, including the finance, operations, safety and environmental departments, Gilmore said. He added that the open-house format was chosen so people who are uncomfortable speaking in public can seek answers and voice concerns.
“A lot of times, people have questions, and they don’t want to go in front of the (county) commissioners,” Gilmore said. “We want to give people an easy and convenient way to … give people the information that they need.”
In May, the Cowlitz County commissioners narrowed the list of potential partners to operate the Headquarters landfill to only Republic. According to the commissioners, they’re trying to make the landfill more of a moneymaker to support county services. The process likely would increase the amount of municipal waste imported and disposed of in the county.
The commissioners are choosing between Republic or the county. However, a third party, Waste Connections, has alleged collusion in the selection process. The county has firmly denied the accusation, but it has delayed the selection process.