KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — After a fire gutted the Rogue Klamath waste transfer station in Klamath Falls on Sunday, Klamath County officials say that garbage and recycling collection will be delayed until alternatives can be found.
While the fire was contained to the Tingley Lane transfer station building, a spokesperson for Rogue Klamath Transfer said that the station was destroyed in the fire. The operator is now working with the County, Waste Management, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to restore waste removal service.
Waste Management has temporarily suspended recycling collection for residential, commercial, and roll-off customers, officials said. Garbage collection service may be one day later than usual for the rest of the week. Customers are asked to place their garbage bins at the curb on the usual day and leave them until drivers can come by.
Rogue Klamath Transfer and the County are working to set up a temporary transfer site at the landfill on 801 Old Fort Road, but information on access to the public is still forthcoming.
"Our goal is to have something set up and operational as soon as possible for the self-hauling customers," said Garry Penning, spokesperson for Rogue Klamath Transfer. "In the immediate term, first priority needs to be given to Waste Management’s route trucks, allowing them to continue to provide solid waste collection for essential services facilities like hospitals, schools, assisted living/retirement facilities, grocery stores, and the like.”
Officials said that residents and businesses accustomed to hauling their own waste and recycling to the Tingley Lane station will have some alternative sites in the short-term, at least until the landfill site is open, which can be found by visiting the County website or calling (541) 883-5121.
“This tragedy is going to require some patience from everyone as we work to restore services to the community as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Klamath County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot. “Things will be crowded at the landfill and we appreciate the public’s cooperation with staff. Rebuilding the transfer station will take time and we appreciate the community’s patience while we work toward that goal, but we will rebuild.”