Monday, 18 January 2021

Greenwaste collection begins Monday

LAKE COUNTY – Weekly collection of greenwaste in the unincorporated area will resume Monday, March 3, ending a three-month program designed to help reduce wear and tear on county roads as well as save fuel and labor costs in order to keep Lake County’s residential garbage rates among the lowest in the state.


Collection of greenwaste was reduced from weekly to monthly during December, January and February because the amount of greenwaste collected during those months is traditionally lower than other quarters.


Improvements this year included direct mailed notices to all curbside customers and provisions for customers with large lots and/or gardens to either rent additional 90-gallon greenwaste containers for $5 per month or fill three 30-gallon containers for monthly collection at no additional charge.


Only two dozen calls were received this winter compared to 150 calls received last year. Most of this winter’s callers complained that December was too early to start the program because they still had leaves on the ground.


Public Services Department staff is committed to keeping curbside collection rates low to attract new customers because there is a direct connection between curbside recycling and significant increases in the County’s diversion rate.


As was done last year, a report containing information about cost savings and community response related to the Winter Greenwaste Program will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors later this year to determine program parameters in future years.


If you have questions or comments about the Winter Greenwaste Program, please call 263-1980.


For information about other recycling and disposal programs, please visit the County’s waste management Web site at www.recycling.co.lake.ca.us.


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