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6/27/2013

New yard debris contract lowers rates, improves the environment

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Mike Davis, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4920
Mike.T.Davis@clark.wa.gov

Anita Largent, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4484
Anita.Largent@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – Clark County has negotiated a new contract with Waste Connections of Washington Inc. that will lower curbside yard waste collection rates and promote more environmentally beneficial practices.

Residents of unincorporated Clark County, Battle Ground, La Center and Yacolt who subscribe to yard waste collection service will see their monthly bills decrease by approximately 16 percent beginning Aug. 1, 2013.

When seeking bids, the county stipulated that companies incorporating environmental initiatives would receive additional consideration. In its proposal, Waste Connections agreed to upgrade its fleet to new trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). These trucks emit fewer pollutants and get higher mileage per gallon than trucks that run on diesel. In addition, compressed natural gas costs less than diesel. Waste Connection is installing the county’s first CNG fueling station at its facility on Northeast 94th Avenue.

Also, Waste Connections now is certified as an International Organization for Standardization 14001 company, which means the company controls its environmental impacts and is constantly improving its environmental performance.

“Through this contract, county residents will continue to get great service at a lower cost,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services director. “Waste Connections’ move to compressed natural gas is right in line with the county’s policies of environmental stewardships and sustainable practices. The entire community will benefit.”

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