Recap: Special King County Council Meeting on the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

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Councilman Dunn Banner

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Cedar Hills Landfill meeting

A large crowd at the March 20th special meeting of the King County Council

Dear Friends:

This week the King County Council’s special meeting in Renton attracted a big crowd as residents who live near the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill lined up to give their testimony on how landfill operations impact their day-to-day lives. Approximately 250 community members attended, with almost 80 offering pubic testimony.

On April 1st, the King County Council is scheduled to vote on the 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, which could expand the landfill and keep it operating for up to an additional 20 years. As it stands, and as I indicated at the meeting, I intend to vote against this plan. I would like to see a real roadmap to finally closing the landfill for good, and serious discussion of alternative options for waste management.

In the meantime, I am working to craft amendments to the plan which, if passed, could mitigate some of the issues related to the landfill.

To everyone who attended the meeting: thank you. I pushed hard to make this meeting happen, because it’s important for the full Council to hear your stories so we can all work for solutions. I would like to thank the Council Chair, Rod Dembowski, for arranging to hold the meeting in Renton. If you were unable to attend, you can still email your comments to the full Council at I will continue to advocate for your interests as deliberations move forward.


Reagan Dunn