Solid waste supervisor recommends discontinuing plastic waste recycling

CLARKSTON, WA - The Solid Waste Supervisor in Asotin County is asking the commissioners to consider the removal of plastic recycling from the county to save money.

Supervisor Steve Becker said approximately 160 tons of plastic go through their operations for cleaning every year. He said getting the plastic to it's recycled state, is costing them more than it used to.

"Ultimately, yes we would love to have it not go into the landfill," said Becker. "However, financially it's costing us well over $15,000 a year."

The commissioners didn't decide on the request Monday. All three showed concerns about the environmental impact that plastic would have on the landfills because it is completely non-biodegradable.