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Grass Valley's refuse program to get trashed, replaced

With Grass Valley’s refuse conductors poised to revamp their operations there, all of western Nevada County will soon be using the same trash collection mechanisms.

Waste Management, a private company that handles trash collection for Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County, has already implemented a two-cart waste and single-stream recycling program with residents living in the jurisdictions of the latter two entities.

Beginning in mid-April, Grass Valley residents will be provided a black-lidded rolling cart for waste, and a 64-gallon blue-lidded rolling cart for single-stream recycling. The size of the waste cart delivered will be specific to each resident’s current disposal service. Waste will continue to be collected weekly, and recycling will be collected bi-weekly. Residents enrolled in the green waste program will continue to use their existing green waste cart for this material stream.

The new containers will be collected by Waste Management’s fleet of Compressed Natural Gas trucks, which are alternative fuel truck vehicles with automated mechanical arms that grab and dump the bins into the back of the trucks.

Once Waste Management has replaced the Grass Valley’s current waste and recycling program consisting of a non-rolling waste cart and recycling curbits, all customers in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County will be on a two-cart waste and single-stream recycling program.

“Waste Management is the industry leader in recycling programs, and we look forward to working with our Grass Valley customers to divert even more material from entering local landfills,” said Tisha Gill, sustainability coordinator for Waste Management of Nevada County, in a statement.

“This new and improved program will allow for increased recycling, and a decrease in waste being sent to the landfill,” Gill said.

Waste Management will be showcasing the new CNG vehicles, rolling carts and customer collateral at the Grass Valley City Council Hearing on Tuesday March 12th. The carts will be delivered beginning the week of April 15th, and the program will be in full effect the week of April 22. However, residents can begin using their carts as soon as they are delivered. Welcome kits and a collection calendar will be mailed to all residents the week of March 18th outlining the details of the program.

Council will consider the matter as part of their meeting Tuesday, which begins at 7 p.m. at Grass Valley City Hall.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

See also:

Grass Valley forging long-term contract with Waste Management (July 4, 2012)

Waste Management rolls out new program (June 25, 2012)

Nevada City Council seeks alterations to waste service contract (Sep. 29, 2011)

Nevada City Council: Waste Management rate increase (May 24, 2011)

Garbage rate hike goes to Grass Valley Tuesday (Feb. 4, 2011)

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