By Debra Moore
Garbage pickup or lack thereof has been a popular topic of late. A service that most people take for granted, suddenly became the center of attention when the Dixie Fire and its associated evacuations orders and warnings disrupted pickup service, and then the fire at the East Quincy transfer station eliminated the self-haul option.
But as of today, Aug. 18, the transfer station has reopened. It is scheduled to operate during its regular hours 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed for lunch (approximately noon -12:30 p.m.). John Kolb, the county’s solid waste manager, said that a sign is located on the Highway 70 to notify passersby of whether the facility is open or closed.
As for pickup, Waste Management/Feather River Disposal is struggling to maintain its regular schedule. While some residents are reporting pickup as usual, others report that the cans aren’t being picked up. Kolb said that if trash isn’t picked up on the assigned day, it should be picked up the next.
There have been some drivers from out of the area who aren’t familiar with the routes, so some individuals have been missed entirely.
Kolb warned that garbage service throughout the areas impacted by the Dixie Fire is fluid, and the county solid waste division is working to ensure that service is available as residents repopulate areas.
Intermountain Disposal, the garbage service provider for the eastern end of the county, opened its Delleker Transfer Station to Waste Management and to local residents during the time the East Quincy transfer station was unavailable. Kolb said the county was grateful for Intermountain’s assistance.