Downtown association looks to clean up recycle area |

Downtown association looks to clean up recycle area

The Grass Valley Downtown Association is taking steps to clean up a commercial recycling area in a parking lot on Bank Street near South Auburn Street used by many downtown merchants.

The organization’s efforts were sparked by phone calls it has received from a few merchants over the past month, complaining that garbage and non-recyclable items, including old furniture and oil containers, were being dumped there, and that the area was “messy, it smells, it doesn’t look good,” said Diane Raymond, the downtown association’s executive director.

Part of the problem, Raymond said, is the area just isn’t very well-organized. The enclosed area contains several large containers for recycling, but not all the containers are easily accessible.

She also pointed out there are no signs posted that stipulate what is recyclable and what isn’t.

“If you were a new merchant and went into the recycle area, you wouldn’t be clear on what’s what,” Raymond said.

Raymond said the agency is working closely with Waste Management to correct the problems, and recently met with representatives from the company for a walk-through of the area.

“We’re just asking them to work with us, get involved and let’s get this cleaned up,” Raymond said.

Sarah Polito, a spokesperson for Waste Management, said the agency is hoping to have the recycling signs the downtown association requested up in the area by the end of the month.

Raymond said the company will also provide her with some information, including when the recycling is picked up, so she can communicate that to business owners downtown.

She said she hopes to eventually schedule a workshop attended by representatives from Waste Management where merchants can ask questions or discuss any concerns they might have.

“In general, our merchants are pretty good about cooperating,” Raymond said. “Once communication is clear, this will improve.”

She said the association will make it a priority to “better police” the area, as part of its ongoing efforts to make downtown a desirable destination.

“We really want to make sure we keep downtown clean,” Raymond said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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