Staying home is generating more waste – Daily Democrat


Because people in Woodland and Yolo County are sheltering in place, they’re also creating more waste and all that trash needs to be, well, trashed.

That’s why effective Saturday, the Yolo County Central Landfill is reopening to individuals. It’s also why Woodland’s Waste Management is providing free pickup of personal trash containers on a normal trash pickup day in addition to the larger plastic toters.

According to a statement from the city of Woodland, the extra trash generated by city residents” may be placed in a durable plastic or metal container that can be grabbed by the mechanized arm on the truck in order to lift and empty the container.”

Typically, residents put their trash in large plastic containers called toters. There are also toters for recyclables and organic material.

The city’s statement only applies to trash.

According to the city to ensure the safety of the waste management truck drivers, trash placed in bags or outside of trash containers will not be picked up. Waste Management will also not be responsible for damaged personal containers.

“Residents do not need to request pickups of these extra containers in advance,” the city reports.

In addition to the city pickups, the Landfill a 44090 County Road 28H south of Woodland, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will be closed on Sundays. No cash or EBT is being accepted at this time, only credit card and check payments.

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all customers will be required to wear a facial covering or mask before utilizing Landfill services, according to Jenny Tan, a spokeswoman for Yolo County. These measures are being implemented with the public’s health in mind as well as for the health and safety of County solid waste workers.

All residents with Waste Management, Inc. and Recology Davis curbside services, should first utilize their curbside collection carts for refuse, recycling and yard waste before considering a trip to the Landfill. It is in everyone’s best interest to stay at home, as much as possible, for the duration of the health order. Therefore, hold onto recyclable items that don’t require immediate disposal.

Also in effect on Saturday, the Household Hazardous Waste Facility will reopen to residents. To serve the needs of businesses, hazardous waste appointments will remain available every Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. To encourage social distancing, residents may also contact the Landfill at 666-8813 to schedule a free at-home pick up of hazardous waste.

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