Crowds at transfer station create unsafe conditions during COVID-19 pandemic

The guidelines call for people to stay at least 6 feet from others to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

VANCOUVER – Clark County transfer stations are seeing an influx of people dropping off garbage and yard debris – a result of nice weather and more time at home due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. 

The increase in traffic at area transfer stations, such as the Central Transfer & Recycling Center (shown here), is creating potentially unsafe conditions for customers and staff, and leads to longer wait times as staff try to enforce social distancing guidelines. Photo by Andi Schwartz
The increase in traffic at area transfer stations, such as the Central Transfer & Recycling Center (shown here), is creating potentially unsafe conditions for customers and staff, and leads to longer wait times as staff try to enforce social distancing guidelines. Photo by Andi Schwartz

The increase is creating potentially unsafe conditions for customers and staff, and leads to longer wait times as staff try to enforce social distancing guidelines. The guidelines call for people to stay at least 6 feet from others to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We are seeing double and triple the number of visits to transfer stations compared to this time last year,” said Kim Harless, solid waste operations specialist for Clark County. “We have many options already in place to have items picked up curbside from your home. We want everyone to stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.”

Clark County residents should minimize trips to the recycling and transfer stations unless absolutely necessary. Consider these options to avoid trips to the transfer station and reduce contact with others: 

• EXTRA GARBAGE: For an additional fee, extra garbage can be set out on your regular pickup day next to your garbage can, either in a 32-gallon plastic bag or 32-gallon can.

• EXTRA RECYCLING: For no additional cost, extra recycling can be set out on your regular pickup day next to your recycle cart, either in a cardboard box or large paper bag found at hardware stores.

• EXTRA YARD DEBRIS: For an additional fee, extra yard debris pickup is offered in Vancouver, Ridgefield, Washougal, Camas and rural areas of Clark County. Bag extra yard debris in large paper bags found at local hardware stores or mark containers with “yard debris”; no food scraps allowed. Extra yard debris in plastic bags will not be picked up.

• BULKY ITEMS: For an additional fee, furniture, appliances, electronics or tires can be picked up at your curbside. This service is available in Vancouver, Ridgefield, Washougal and rural areas of Clark County. Contact Waste Connections at (360) 892-5370 or customerhelp@wcnx.org to schedule a bulky waste pickup. One to two weeks advance notice is recommended.

Camas residents can call the city’s Utility Customer Service line at (360) 834-2462 for details on microwave and small furniture pickups.

Vancouver households within city limits that have active garbage service are eligible for one free appliance pickup per year.

For more information, visit the Clark County Public Health website.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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