Costs rise for dumping waste |

Costs rise for dumping waste

It will soon cost more to dump household garbage and green waste at the county transfer station because of a 15-year oversight by the county and Waste Management.

Starting July 1, the cost to dump two 32-gallon cans will go up from $4 to $6 and the cost to dump wood and green waste will increase from $15 per ton to $22.50 per ton. That equates to about $2.25 a pickup load, said Steve Porter, Solid Waste manager.

“This is to help them cover the cost of processing the material,” Porter said.

The green waste is used for “cogeneration,” the process of burning the plant material to generate electricity. The “fines” or grinding dust left over is used as a soil amendment.

The reason for the can increase is to capture the transaction cost, Porter said. The transaction cost to weigh the load of trash and haul it away is $13.52.

Construction and demolition waste will not go up from the current rate of $59.50.

Television and computer monitors, electronic waste, such as computer hard drives, and hazardous household waste, such as batteries and fluorescent bulbs, are still accepted at no charge.

A recycling center is also located at the transfer station and will pay California Redemption Value on glass and aluminum. All other recycled items can be dropped off comingled.

“That’s what we’re trying to do, make it easy,” Porter said.

The county transfer station is located at 14741 Wolf Mountain Road, off McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. It is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week. The Hazardous Household Waste facility is closed Mondays.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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