WALLA WALLA, Washington — A recycling fee and the expansive city comprehensive plan will be presented tonight before Walla Walla City Council at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the council chambers in Walla Walla City Hall.
A recycling fee had been deliberated in the past months because of the sky-rocketing costs of recycling. Currently, College Place no longer has recycling and Milton-Freewater moved to drop-off locations as opposed to curb-side pick-up. Walla Walla is required to have a recycling program by the state because of the city’s size, according to city staff members.
A $3.30 per month fee for city utility customers was decided upon during a work session; that fee could be finalized tonight. City communications manager David Brauhn says the fee could go down next year, potentially, as the city is currently trying to catch up with the costs that have already been absorbed this year.
Recycling costs have risen because of new restrictions implemented by China, which is the No. 1 importer of recycled materials from the Western U.S.
Meanwhile, the city’s comprehensive plan known as Walla Walla 2040 is going before council tonight too. City staff is recommending the council accept the plan which has been in the works since January 2017. Walla Walla 2040 deals with the future plans for the city in regards to land use, housing, economic development and community living. The last comprehensive plan for Walla Walla was completed in 2007.