Garbage & Recycling
Treated Wood Waste
The Rural County Representatives of California have been working on a long-term solution through legislation in response to DTSC’s Treated Wood Waste. As per RCRC, the existing standards for managing TWW, including authorizing landfill disposal, have been in place since 2004, but will expire on December 31, 2020 as a result of Governor Newsom’s recent veto of Senate Bill 68 (Galgiani). This means that all TWW, including fence posts, sill plates, landscape timbers, pilings, guardrails, and decking, will have to be managed as hazardous waste, hauled by a registered hazardous waste transporter, and disposed in hazardous waste landfills beginning January 1, 2021. These changes will exponentially increase management and disposal costs and lead to a significant increase in illegal dumping and burning of TWW. RCRC and others have petitioned DTSC to act quickly to develop a short-term solution.
More info from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC):
WM has posted information on their website regarding Treated Wood Waste: https://www.wm.com/location/california/tuolumne/index.jsp https://www.wm.com/location/california/tuolumne/_documents/LANDFILL-no-tww-2021.pdf
Battery and Cell Phone Collection Program
Tuolumne County residents now have new locations to drop off used household batteries and old cell phones. Read more .....for items accepted, how to prepare them prior to drop off, and the list of drop off locations.
Solid Waste Responsibilities
The Tuolumne County Solid Waste Division is responsible for ensuring that solid waste disposal services, which protect the public health and the environment, meet state and federal mandates for integrated waste management, and comply with waste disposal regulations.
The Solid Waste Division oversees the collection, transportation, and disposal of solid waste within Tuolumne County. The division is also responsible for the development, implementation, and promotion of recycling programs, hazardous waste collection, used oil and oil filter collection, electronic waste collection, compliance of illegal dumping, and monitoring of the closed landfills.