Donna Westfall’s Coastal Voices piece of July 11 included misleading comments regarding the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority and Triplicate readers deserve some clarification.

Our facilities have the lowest cost per ton for trash disposal in our region, and our customers know it. Many customers each week come from Orick to the Klamath Transfer Station and even more come from Brookings and Harbor to the Del Norte County Transfer Station in Crescent City. These facilities as well as the Gasquet Transfer station have many ways customers can save even more money by separating recyclable materials for recovery.

Westfall also referred to the slight rate adjustment that happens every July. These modest rate increases are written into our board’s agreements with Recology Del Norte, the collections company, and Hambro/WSG, the transfer station operator, and do not even keep up with inflation. A few years back, rates even went down a little.

The taxpayer’s association should be pleased to know that services at these facilities are provided without one cent from property, sales or income taxes of any kind.

From Curry County to Humboldt County’s southern border, because of the cost controls in these agreements, customers at Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority facilities have enjoyed great services at the best prices in the region for many years running. Commissioners of the authority board, including Supervisors Lori Cowan and Chris Howard, City Councilmember Jason Greenough, (Crescent City) Mayor Blake Inscore, and public Commissioner Eli Naffah, deserve our appreciation for those great results.

Tedd Ward, director

Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority