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Oregon Landfill Nearing Capacity, Could Become Solar Field

Deschutes County, Oregon is nearing the end of its search for a site for its newest landfill, however, the question remains of what to do with an old, near-capacity site.

November 29, 2023

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Deschutes County, Oregon is nearing the end of its search for a site for its newest landfill, however, the question remains of what to do with an old, near-capacity site.

The Knott Landfill is expected to reach capacity in 2029. One option being considered for the site is turning it into a solar farm, a move happening all around the country currently.

“We’re not able to build on top of it. It’s not solid footing, as they say. So, it has to have some sort of passive use,” said Tim Brownell, Director of Solid Waste, Deschutes County.

Other than a solar farm, Deschutes County is considering a few other options once the landfill reaches capacity. Other options include biking and hiking trails, and a disc golf course.

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