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Litter task force encourages people to cover their loads when hauling trash

The word “Warning” immediately catches the eye on a flier for the McCourtney Road transfer station, telling people to cover their loads when hauling their trash.

Government and law enforcement emblems decorate the bottom of the page, which haulers began receiving this week when they visited the dump site.

The warning’s purpose is simple: inform people of the financial hit they face if trash falls from their vehicle while in transit.

“Fines range from $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second and $500 for a third violation,” the flier states.

For Jon Scadden, who lives near the transfer station, it’s about maintaining awareness of the litter problem on McCourtney and Indian Springs roads.

“If they cover their loads properly, it takes care of the other roads,” he said.

About 650 vehicles a day visit the McCourtney Road station, where trash is dumped. That adds up to over 100,000 vehicles a year, said Bob Elder, solid waste program manager with Nevada County.

According to Elder, if just one Styrofoam peanut falls from each vehicle each day, an environmental catastrophe is created.

Elder and Scadden, as well as Waste Management District Manager Christopher Stewart, serve on a litter task force that met this week. Stewart said a flier is given to drivers who visit the transfer station now, adding the new one delivers a stronger message.

“All we’re trying to do is cut down on the litter on our roads and in our community,” Elder said.

The issue isn’t limited to residents hauling their trash to the transfer station. In some cases, Waste Management vehicles are to blame, Elder said.

Trash can spew from a Waste Management truck as it drives down the road, if the operator fails to close the vehicle’s covering, he added.

Scadden encouraged people to contact him when they see a violation by a Waste Management truck. They should email Scadden at with the vehicle identification number, place and time it occurred.

He, in turn, will contact Stewart.

“It’s a cover-your-load issue with the self-haulers and driver training on the Waste Management side,” Elder said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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