Green Waste


Green Waste

The 2020 Free Residential Green Waste Event is scheduled for May 17th – June 27th, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required stay-at-home orders, but we can still prepare for wildfire. Now is the time for residents to spend time improving defensible space around homes and property lines.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services, and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are committed to the health and safety of the residents of Nevada County. We’ve partnered to dramatically expand the 2020 Free Residential Green Waste Event to not only reduce the risk of wildfire, but also to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

FREE CHIPS
To stretch our funding as far as possible, we’re chipping or grinding collected waste, and offering that material to the public each Friday and Saturday during the event from the Penn Valley and Grass Valley sites. While this material cannot be placed within the first 30 ft. of your home, they are still useful in weed suppression, moisture retention, soil enrichment and erosion control. Please note that to reduce the spread of invasive species, we cannot accept any loads with blackberry, Scotch broom, or poison oak. These items may be taken to the Waste Management Transfer Station or to the Tahoe Truckee Sierrra Disposal site. Root balls, limbs greater than 6" in diameter, and trash cannot be accepted, either.

CONVENIENT DROP SITES
The Western Nevada County drop sites will be open from 9am – 3pm Sunday - Tuesday from May 17th - June 27th at the following locations:

Rise Gold, Grass Valley 12625 Brunswick Road, Grass Valley, CA

Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds 10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA

NID Alta Sierrra Reservoir Site 12057 Francis Drive, Grass Valley, CA

We are grateful to these organizations, and to the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association, for their generosity and commitment to the safety and well-being of the community!


VOLUNTEER SAFELY
Measures are being taken to ensure the collection of green waste is “no-contact.” We will offer specialized training for staff and volunteers and will prepare collection sites to ensure social distancing for the safety of the residents who participate. Volunteers interested in directing traffic and screening materials can sign up for any of our three sites. In order to reduce the number of people on site, please consider volunteering for multiple days of a weekend. Family groups are also encouraged to volunteer together.

Click to volunteer in Alta Sierra
Click to volunteer in Penn Valley
Click to volunteer in Grass Valley
Click to volunteer in Truckee (TBD)

For any questions regarding our 2020 Free Residential Green Waste event, please contact our Programs Manager,
Julie Siegenthaler at (530) 272-1122 x 120, or via email programs@areyoufiresafe.com.