Green-waste pickup begins in county |

Green-waste pickup begins in county

A new curbside green-waste pickup service has begun in the southern portion of Nevada County through an agreement between Waste Management and the county.

For an additional $3 a month, Waste Management will pick up the plant refuse every two weeks.

The program will spread north and west through the spring and summer to include four separate zones in the service area. By September, the program will serve most of western Nevada County.

“Curbside pickup means reduced traffic on McCourtney Road and less air pollution from burn piles,” county recycling technician Nichole Dorr said.

Pine needles, branches, leaves and small pieces of lumber can be put on the curb in bins provided by Waste Management. They will be picked up, composted and kept out of the landfill to help fulfill the state mandate requiring Nevada County to divert more waste from the landfill.

To order a 96-gallon waste-wheeler, call Waste Management at 274-3090. A 64-gallon waste-wheeler is available upon request.

For more information about the program or other recycling details, call the Nevada County Recycles Hotline at 265-1768 or visit, where you can also see the program’s schedule map.

Here is the pickup schedule for this year:

– Zone 1: Already available in southern Nevada County, including Lake of the Pines.

– Zone 2: April or May, service expands to Alta Sierra and surrounding area – west to McCourtney Road and east to county border.

– Zone 3: June or July, Lake Wildwood and most of the county west of Highway 49.

– Zone 4: August or September, northern Nevada County and areas east of Highway 49 and north of Rattlesnake Road, including Scotts Flat to Cement Hill roads.

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