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Green waste disposal program in western Nevada County continues

Green waste drop-off sites

This weekend only

Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate No. 8, off Brighton Street

This weekend and next weekend

Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Station No. 57, 18934 Colfax Highway

The corner of Owl Creek and Jones Bar roads

12270 La Barr Meadows Road

Lake Wildwood Campground, between the Main and North gates on Pleasant Valley Road

Higgins Fire Station No. 21, 10106 Combie Road

A free residential green waste program received more weeds and brush in one weekend than similar programs garnered over the past six years.

One reason: a concerted effort to rally the community and spread the word.

The program — a collaboration with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, the county’s Office of Emergency Services and Waste Management — will continue for two more weekends.

This weekend only people can go to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate No. 8, off Brighton Street.

Both this Saturday and Sunday, as well as May 24 and 25, people also can drop off green waste at Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Station No. 57, 18934 Colfax Highway; the corner of Owl Creek and Jones Bar roads; 12270 La Barr Meadows Road; Lake Wildwood Campground, between the Main and North gates on Pleasant Valley Road; and Higgins Fire Station No. 21, 10106 Combie Road.

Drop-off sites are open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We broke the 60-ton mark the first weekend,” said Kris Mayfield, the project’s manager. “We exceeded expectations.”

The program accepts tree trimmings, dead plants, weeds, branches and leaves — any biomass that can fit into a green waste cart. It can’t accept anything over 6 inches in diameter or household waste.

“No trash at all,” Mayfield said. “Plastic bags will be ripped open and given back.”

The program provides Dumpsters with doors at each site. People are responsible for unloading their own vehicles.

Volunteers are still needed for the program. People can learn more about becoming a volunteer by calling the Fire Safe Council at 530-272-1122 or emailing info@areyoufiresafe.com.

The program, estimated to cost around $60,000, is paid for with a federal grant distributed through the California Fire Safe Council.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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