Two more weekends: the free collection of green waste related to the storm continues

An excavator piles up green waste as people dump it Friday afternoon at the Rise Gold site off Brunswick and East Bennett roads, where Nevada County is offering free storm-related green waste disposal. This marks the second of three weekends and continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday, as well as April 8-10.
Photo: Elias Funez
People use shovels, rakes, pitchforks and brooms to transfer their green waste from collection platforms and trailers to the pile at 12625 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley. People are asked to use the Millsite and East Bennett Road entrance.
Photo: Elias Funez
Although the line can seem daunting, patrons of free green waste events cross it in minutes and sometimes make multiple trips a day.
Photo: Elias Funez

Nevada County has contracted with the Fire Safe Council to provide free storm-related green waste disposal to county residents for three long weekends this season.

The second of three weekends began on Friday and will continue through Sunday.

The December storm created a mess for residents, and many are feeling overwhelmed with the cleanup process, a news release said. This removal program is designed to help homeowners remove storm debris, such as tree trunks and branches, from their properties ahead of fire season.

Community green waste drop-off events will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 12625 Brunswick Road, Grass Valley, this weekend and April 8-10.

Now is the time to make a plan for the rest of the winter to clean up properties before warmer weather creates an increased fire risk.

“Understanding what you need to clean is the first step and the best way to start,” Paul Cummings, program manager for the Office of Emergency Services, said in a statement. “People make the mistake of thinking everything can be done efficiently in a weekend. It’s best done with some planning to optimize your time and money.”

Today is expected to be mostly sunny, with highs around 73.

Sunday is expected to be partly sunny, with highs around 66. Winds will be 5-10 mph, with gusts of 18 mph possible.

No rain is expected until Sunday evening.


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