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Residents to have new green waste option soon

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

An efficient, cost-effective solution has been found to temporarily solve the green waste problem in the Quincy area, but a long-term solution that could involve the entire county is still being sought.

While contracts and details need to be finalized, the basic concept is for residents to take their yard waste to Feather River Disposal on Industrial Way where it will be burned in an air curtain mobile incineration unit. The remaining soot will then be hauled to the transfer station.

“This is a huge issue: I’m still getting calls daily,” said Supervisor Lori Simpson during the Board of Supervisors’ May 20 meeting. “This is the best we can do for now.”

The public works department had issued a request for proposals from any individuals or businesses that had a solution to handling the county’s green waste.

While there are various options throughout the county, Quincy area residents lost their main option when Sierra Pacific Industries stopped accepting the material due to construction of its new mill.

Because much of American Valley is in a “no burn” area, the only option was to take debris to the transfer station, which costs more than $20 per truckload.

In response to its request, public works received some responses, but they were described as conceptual rather than ready for immediate implementation.

Jim Graham, speaking on behalf of the department, presented the incinerator option to the board.

“We feel it’s important to implement this now,” Graham said. “If another option becomes available, we would do that.”

Graham explained that the department plans to purchase the incinerator for its own use in clearing roadways, but it could be used for this purpose until a more permanent option is found.

The plan is for commercial enterprises, such as gardening services, to bring their yard debris to the facility on Friday afternoons, with some Saturday hours dedicated to the public. Burning would occur on Sundays.

But before that can happen, the department has to purchase the incinerator; hire a part-time employee to oversee the debris collection; and finalize an agreement with Feather River Disposal.

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