By Sandra DeMent
For The Sentinel 

Revisiting Roosevelt: the landfill of a truly epic scale


November 8, 2017

KPUD online

GARBAGE HARBOR: The sprawling landfill complex at Roosevelt is the fourth largest in the country and includes a methane gas processing facility.

Worms produce castings, rabbits, deer and elk leave pellets, and carnivores–coyotes, lions and bears–leave their spoor, but also piles of fur, feathers and bones. Man, alas, is much, much, much messier. Trash is huge, as the president would say, and Republic Services, Inc., the second largest trash disposal company in the U.S., owns the Roosevelt Landfill in eastern Klickitat County. Republic is an award-winning, billion-dollar company with 33,000 employees nationwide. Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is their single largest shareholder.

Republic provides trash services to 70 percent of the households in Washington State, including Seattle, Thurston County, Spokane, and dozens of othe...

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