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Thompson Sanitation drops a bomb on trash customers – Opposing Oil Rigs Off Oregon – Endorsing Off Shore Energy Development, But Not Commercial Production

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Thompson Sanitation, that serves the central and south areas of Lincoln County, dropped a pile of earth-shattering news on the Newport City Council Monday night that all customers of the garbage collection company are in for a rather big shock. Company owner Rob Thompson said that because China is no longer accepting a big part of America’s waste stream, all that waste will soon be stacking up here in the U.S. Our landfills, he says, will begin filling up very quickly raising the cost of disposing plastic containers for food, soft drinks and plastic bottles – basically everything that comes wrapped in or poured in to plastic containers. Plastic bottles with the numbers 1 and 2 on the bottom will continue to be recycled, but those with numbers 3 through 7 will not. They’re ALL headed for our landfills which means our landfills will begin filling up much faster which will drive up the cost of trash disposal. And by quite a lot.

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To repeat, the garbage or trash that can be recycled are plastic bottles that have the numbers 1 and 2 on their bottom can still be put in the blue can at the street. So can regular cardboard. But NOT waxed cardboard. Newspapers, books, phone books, yard waste are okay, but they will have to be separated from everything else. Recycling must be clean – no cross contamination. No plastic bags, pet waste or greasy paper.

Glass is also okay – any color. Latex paint is also okay to recycle. Drop off locations for recyclables, especially glass can be done at Rogue in South Beach and at Thompson’s headquarters at 7450 NE Avery in northeast Newport.

Thompson said he’ll be back before the city council in April for a preview of where rates are likely to go…rates that will take effect in July. There was no question that rates have to go up now that China has upended the U.S. recycling market. The whole west half of the country is going to be hit hard.

Here’s more on all this from Thompson’s website. Click here.

Oil Drilling Platform
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Also during Monday evening’s council meeting, the council authorized City Manager Spencer Nebel to draft a letter of opposition to any more oil drilling platforms off the West Coast. The council cited oil drilling’s disastrous history of spills, explosions and death to sea life, not to mention humans. Such extractive activities would also be a threat to the West Coast’s tourism industry. The Trump administration backed away from adding more oil rigs along the East Coast and Gulf States. But they haven’t backed away from the West Coast. But California, Oregon and Washington state officials say they’ll stop any attempt at “sacrificing the West Coast to a declining industry.”

Wave energy research – not a major source of energy generation itself.
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Meanwhile, the council also endorsed a letter written to the Legislature and the Governor of their support for the creation of a laboratory for the development of ocean wave power generation. However Councilor David Allen, who has been closely monitoring the project’s progress, slated off the Newport coast, reminded everyone that the project is aimed at research – not producing vast quantities of electricity with the back forth of the waves and tides. He said the coast’s fishing fleet and recreational industries would be adversely affected by commercial wave powered energy generation devices. The implication is that there are plenty of wave energy locations that would not adversely affect local tourism, commercial and recreational fishing grounds.

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