Green waste site planned
Nevada County’s Fire Safe Council hopes to finance its operation with the proceeds from a new wood and yard waste drop-off center.
“We will still request grants,” council Executive Director Michelle Phillips said, but the Fire Prevention Wood Use Center site would be the engine to keep the council running. Phillips is currently putting the plan together on a five-acre site at the corner of Loma Rica and Brunswick roads.
“Things look good for the location,” she said.
Phillips will be working her way through the permit process in coming months and hopes to start receiving clean, green material if successful. The chipped material would initially go to an out-of-county wood-fired power plant, Phillips said.
In the future, the council wants to have its own wood-generation plant on the site “to generate electricity for the local economy,” Phillips said. The wood byproducts could also be used by the building industry for flooring, cabinets and “presto-logs.”
The California Hardwood Producers Co-op in Auburn uses the material, Phillips said, and some of it could even be used for compost. Long range, Phillips would like to see wood product companies spring out of the site.
She plans to put an 18-by-40-foot office trailer on the site and a two-acre pad for wood waste. Professional woods businesses and individuals could dump there, Phillips said.
“They would be charged a fee, but we haven’t figured what that would be,” Phillips said. “We’re moving toward self-sufficiency and using something that is not valued for some value.”
Phillips would like to have 500 to 700 tons of wood waste from which to make money. It will also add to the council’s anti-fire efforts, as the flammable tonnage would no longer be in neighborhoods.
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