2017 Spring Tour

    Rogue Disposal: Medford, OR


    On May 18 & 19, friends and members of SWANA Oregon headed south to beautiful Medford, OR to visit our friends at the Rogue Waste Systems family of companies.

    The NW Navigator Bus arrived at the Rogue Transfer & Recycling facility around 1:30pm where attendees were greeted by Rogue staff and began our whirlwind tour. We were first treated to a birds-eye view of the tip floor operations. We learned about the interesting historical uses of the site and the innovative reuse of existing structures. We were led by Wendel Smith, General Manager of Collection Operations, and observed the CNG maintenance bay for their growing fleet of CNG trucks. Rogue is phasing out their diesel fleet over time to reduce particulate matter. We then visited the Recycling Facility, which has been recently renovated to accommodate a growing stream of material.

    After departing Rogue Transfer & Recycling facility, we headed south to Rogue Green Fuels, LLC to see the new region's only public CNG fueling station, which was opened in October 2016, and is open to the public, as well. Very cool!

    From there, we headed east to Dry Creek Landfill. We viewed the composting operation, which produces compost certified for organic farming - Rogue can’t keep this stuff on site - a very high value product! We then observed the operations and learned about the engineered systems from Lee Fortier and Kent Imel. After that, we visited the 3.2 MW landfill gas to energy facility.

    The final leg of the tour had us heading west, back across Medford to Jacksonville to visit Rogue’s closed South Stage Landfill where we observe the new flare station and leachate system.

    This wonderful tour culminated in a wine tasting including bites and pizza at Dancin’ Vineyards. This truly was a wonderful way to end a very well organized tour by Rogue Disposal.

    Thank you Rogue Disposal for welcoming us to Southern Oregon. We’re excited to come back!