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Pick up toxic trash

Requiring residents to hold out batteries and mercury-containing waste from their trash is a good start, but it needs much more work. Requiring each of us to transport this waste to the McCourtney dump is a highly unreasonable demand upon our time and resources (gasoline). It will never happen. I have been setting aside batteries for four years so that some day I can properly dispose of them – I know not when that will be. When I was working for Caltrans in Marysville from ’98 through ’02, employees were encouraged to bring their personal spent batteries to work for proper disposal – that’s being proactive and should be commended.

Waste Management trucks should immediately start carrying separate containers to collect these items from residents who leave them out on top of their trash cans. Otherwise, expect to see a proliferation of these items along Nevada County roadsides.

John Burnside

Big Oak Valley


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