Organic wastes produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas, when they decompose in a landfill. In Placer County, no matter how green waste is collected or even if it is self-hauled, it ends up at one of two Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) where it is separated from garbage, then chipped for use as mulch or compost. This preserves room in the landfill and reduces methane production. Additionally, mulch and compost have beneficial qualities such as adding nutrients to soil and increasing soil’s water-holding capacity.
WESTERN PLACER COUNTY
Western Placer Waste Management Authority (fees apply) 3195 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, CA 916-543-3960 | wpwma.ca.gov Monday–Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Auburn Transfer Station (fees apply) 12305 Shale Ridge Road, Auburn, CA 530-885-3735 Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Foresthill Transfer Station (Franchise Area 4—Foresthill Fee Area residents) 6699 Patton Road, Foresthill, CA 530-885-3735 Friday–Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1–June 30 & September 1–October 31 Closed for lunch 11:30–12
Meadow Vista Transfer Station (fees apply) 2950 Combie Road, Meadow Vista, CA 530-885-3735 Friday–Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch 12–1 Friday–Monday