The Post Point Resource Recovery project is a defining opportunity for Bellingham to implement its 2018 Climate Action Plan and reduce sewer utility carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 60-80%.
We are designing future improvements at the Post Point Resource Recovery Plant (Post Point). These improvements are needed because equipment is aging, expensive to repair, and incinerates (burns) rather than recovers resources.
Earlier planning phases of the project collected feedback through community workshops. We are replacing the facility’s incineration system with a digestion process that transforms wastewater solids into two beneficial and safe reusable resources: biosolids and biogas.
Once built and operational, the solid waste system at Post Point will be a process that protects public health, safety and natural resources while continuing to meet demand for efficient, quality service essential for a growing, diverse community.
Announcements – Updated December 2021
City Council Meeting: On July 26, 2021, the project team discussed the Post Point Resource Recovery project and emerging contaminants of concern. View the presentations or the full video stream on the council webpage. As a follow-up to this conversation with City Council, the project team will conduct testing to try to better understand levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS in the city’s wastewater. Staff will also take a look at the cost and availability of testing for emerging contaminants of concern and will report their findings back to City Council.
Testing results: On November 30, 2021, the final testing results of PFAS and other chemicals in the city’s wastewater were made available. The complete technical reports are posted below as well as the simplified summary.
PFAS Chemical Action Plan: In November 2021, the Washington Departments of Ecology and Health released a Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Chemical Action Plan (PDF) that addresses recommended actions to address PFAS in the environment and the resulting human health impacts. Appendix 8 addresses PFAS in biosolids.
Updated project FAQ: Have questions about the project or want to read more about PFAs? Check out our updated project FAQ (PDF).
New video: Watch our new short video below to learn more about the project.
Stay Informed and Contact Us
There are several ways to stay informed about this project:
- Visit this webpage for project updates.
- Sign up for our email update list.
- Visit our Engage Bellingham page.
- Request a community briefing by emailing ResourceRecovery@cob.org.
- Let us know if you are interested in being part of the design process by emailing ResourceRecovery@cob.org. We don’t know what this will look like yet, but please let us know if you are interested.
We will share information about upcoming community group briefings here and on our Engage Bellingham site. Meetings may be online or in person depending on the current COVID-19 status.
For more information, please email ResourceRecovery@cob.org.