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Green waste pickup service OK’d for Grass Valley

Britt Retherford

Grass Valley residents will soon be able to have green waste – such as yard trimmings and leaves – picked up outside their homes.

The program, which began almost one year ago in the unincorporated parts of the county, received unanimous support from the City Council this week and will soon be available in the city limits.

“One of our motivations is to provide a viable alternative to burning,” said City Administrator Gene Haroldsen, adding that the program will allow the fire department to impose stricter regulations on burning within the city.

Implemented and run by Waste Management, the program will mimic the one in the county, where plant refuse is picked up every two weeks. Waste Management subscribers will be receiving an informational mailer within the next week explaining what green waste is and a number to call to subscribe to the service, said Tim Magill, Waste Management’s business development manager.

These subscribers can opt for a 96-gallon container for $3.07 a month or a 64-gallon container for $2.91 a month. They must sign up for one year, and a cancellation will cost an additional $25 for Waste Management to pick up the unused container.

Waste Management is also raising its prices for regular garbage pickup services to mirror the county’s rates. After a public hearing was held at the Tuesday City Council meeting, the council approved an increase in the cost of service for one garbage can from $13.74 to $13.96.

The rate increase will be effective April 1. For more information, contact Waste Management at 274-3090.

What is

green waste?

Grass Valley’s new green waste pickup service will collect materials such as lawn trimmings, garden prunings, cuttings from trees and shrubs, weeds, and leaves.

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