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Recycling Center Proposal

Recycling Center Proposal

Recycling Vote Postponed

The SROA Board of Directors approved postponement of the proposed recycling center until a date determined by the board, but no later than end of the year 2020.

There have also been recent discussions with both the Deschutes County and the recycling carting company on alternative solutions. Stay tuned...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this the best use of the 1.9 acre property?

    This acreage was acquired by SROA in 2013 as part of the property trade with Sunriver Resort Limited Partnership for the South Pool property. The site was previously used as the Resort’s golf maintenance yard.
    Prior to SROA obtaining the property, a land use and amenities consultant (2012 McKay Sposito Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan report) had recognized this parcel as an ideal location and recommended that SROA one day construct a future recycling center here.  
  • Who are the current users of the recycling center?

    Use is limited to residential recycling only (commercial entities, such as businesses in the village, have their own recycling bins). As a Deschutes County designated recycling site, it is to be accessible to all residents and guests of Sunriver as well as those in the greater Three Rivers area. Past owner surveys in 2014 and 2017 indicated that the recycling center is an important service and also identified as a facility in need of major improvements.
  • Can Sunriver residents have recycling pickup at their home?

    Curbside recycling has its own set of limitations in a small community that operates like Sunriver. This option has been previously explored. It would require participation by all property owners with an added cost for pickup. In order to do so, owners would also be required to expand their current trash enclosure to accommodate the recycling bins at their own expense. 
  • Can’t the county limit the Sunriver site to owners only?

    As per the agreement SROA will operate the new facility as it currently does. There are no plans for changing operation standards or procedures of the recycling center and will mirror current protocols already in place.
  • Is there a secured and unconditional guarantee of repayment of all our cost to construct the facility (such as a letter of credit, CD) in favor of the SROA?

    If the carting company is no longer the franchisee, the agreement calls for Deschutes County to require any future franchisee to take over reimbursement to SROA as part of any carting franchisee contract.
  • Who is paying for the construction of the new facility?

    Initially, SROA is paying for all construction costs. As a voter, that is what the ballot measure seeks to ask. That being said, an agreement between SROA, Deschutes County and the carting franchisee stipulates reimbursement will come from the current or future franchisee over a five year period. Five, equal payments will be due to SROA on January 1 of each year. In addition, voter’s would be authorizing funds out of SROA’s Reserve Fund with no special assessment being required from owners.
  • Why not ground lease the land to the waste company/county and let them build it?

    This was considered early on, but was not a desirable option for Deschutes County.
    SROA maintaining ownership of all property, as well as its development, was ultimately determined to be the best option. Control of the design, construction process and eventual end result (quality and aesthetics) were primary reasons for SROA to remain the owner and in control of all property and improvements throughout. Beyond the five year period, it becomes a permanent SROA asset to its overall infrastructure of the Public Works campus.
  • Will utilizing money out of SROA’s Reserves hurt reaching our 70-100 percent fully funded goal?

    No. SROA’s Controller, Finance Committee and Treasurer, as well as a reserve fund specialist, reviewed the Reserves schedule and potential impact the construction of a new recycling center would have (as well as other improvement projects such as the North Pool, new tunnels, etc.). All have concluded that SROA would still reach fully funded status before the required timeline. 


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