The Yakima County commissioners are looking into updating
the fees that are charged to those who pull up to county transfer stations and
landfills with unsecured loads.
The fee schedule currently in use was adopted in 1985.
Yakima County Solid Waste Manager Wendy Mifflin explained that there are
currently three different fees when it comes to unsecured loads. She said the
different fees are based on load size and range from $3 for a load that is
comprised of fewer than three yards of material to $10 for a load that includes
more than 10 yards of material.
Mifflin said the proposed updated fee schedule would make
the fee $5 for any passenger vehicle with an unsecured load that has one to
three yards of material, and $15 for an unsecured load that includes more than
three yards of material.
Mifflin said the updating that is being proposed also makes
changes that correspond with state law. She said new regulations have recently
been adopted that make it unnecessary for loads of sand, dirt or gravel to be
A public hearing on the updated fee schedule will take place
Tuesday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Yakima County Courthouse.