LaDon Linde

LaDon Linde

There has been a lot of conversation in the Lower Yakima Valley about the possible closure of the Lower Valley Transfer station. These are the concerns we have had regarding the transfer station:

  • The LVTS loses $500,000 to $600,000 each year
  • The current transfer station is built on the location of the old landfill: therefore, the road and scale are built on or right next to the landfill itself. This creates an unstable foundation.
  • Due to the unstable foundation, the water pipe has broken and been replaced twice so far.
  • Also due to the unstable foundation, the scale is in its last stages of life and will cease to operate soon from what we can tell.
  • The price on scale and scalehouse replacement is closer to $2.5 million.
  • The tipping fees at Yakima County landfills are the lowest in the state.

LaDon Linde is Yakima County Commissioner, District 3. He can be reached at 509-574-1500 or

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