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Local trash headed to Yuba County

Toss something into a trash can in western Nevada County and eventually it’ll wind up in a landfill in Nevada.

Each weekday morning, three big diesel trucks leave the McCourtney Road transfer station and haul our trash – an average of 130 tons per day – over the Sierra summit to a huge landfill in Sparks, Reno’s sister city.

Come December, those trucks will head in a new direction: downhill, to a landfill in Yuba County.



The county has signed a five-year contract with a new long-range trash hauler, San Francisco-based Norcal Waste Systems, Inc., which will truck county trash to its Ostrum Road landfill near Wheatland.

“It’s going to save the county $175,000 a year,” said Steve Porter, county solid waste manager.




The new hauler will charge the county $34.97 per ton, compared to $40.30 per ton charged by the current hauler, Zanker Road Landfill, Porter said.

Hauling trash to Yuba County is cheaper because of the shorter distance, he said. Another savings is the trucks are heading downhill when they’re fully loaded and are empty when they’re driven back.

The Yuba County landfill recently was expanded and will be able to accept 3,000 tons of trash per day in 2030, up from the current 1,000 tons per day.

The expansion was opposed by a group called YuGAG, or the Yuba Group Against Garbage. It unsuccessfully sued to stop what it called a “mega landfill” that would accept trash from all of Northern California.

Porter said, “It’s a good landfill. It’s very well-operated. It’s a big (landfill). They’re never going to run out of room, at least not in our lifetime.”

Nevada County hauls its trash elsewhere because the state shut down the county’s McCourtney Road landfill due to groundwater contamination.


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