California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Waste Reduction in Tehama County

Program Characteristics

The county has numerous agencies and contractors responsible for oversight and delivery of solid waste management services.

The Tehama County-City of Red Bluff Landfill Management Agency owns the Tehama County-Red Bluff Landfill. The agency contracts with GreenWaste of Tehama for operation of the landfill. This contract also requires GreenWaste to build a materials recovery facility and compost facility at the landfill site, and open and close the next phase of the landfill. The agency's staff operates the landfill scales, billing services, and reporting. The TC/RBLMA charges a tip fee of $33.74 per ton at the landfill. Of this, the agency pays $28.78 per ton to GreenWaste for landfill operations.

The Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency (TCSLA) was formed in 1989 when the four Tehama County jurisdictions entered into a joint powers agreement. This agency was created solely to collect and oversee a fund for closure and post-closure expenses at the Tehama County-Red Bluff Landfill.

In September 1997 the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) recognized TCSLA as a regional agency. TCSLA currently serves as the planning and reporting agency for the entire county under AB 939. It also administers the fund for closure of the first phase of the landfill, and it performs waste diversion outreach and education. The agency is funded from a solid waste fee assessed on local property taxes.

The Tehama County Solid Waste Department oversees franchised waste management services for Uninc.-Tehama and the City of Tehama and three transfer stations located in rural areas of the county. The Solid Waste Department contracts with GreenWaste of Tehama for operation of the three transfer stations.

The cities of Red Bluff and Corning retain individual authority to enter into their own collection agreements for recycling and trash.

The Tehama County Solid Waste Department and the City of Red Bluff granted exclusive franchises to GreenWaste of Tehama for the provision of residential and commercial waste management services, including curbside collection of recyclables, yard debris, and trash.

Corning granted an exclusive franchise to Corning Disposal (owned by Waste Management, Inc.) to provide residential and commercial curbside recycling, yard debris, and trash services. Residents pay haulers directly for services. The contractors in all four jurisdictions serve residents of buildings with four or fewer units in their residential programs; residents in buildings with more living units are served in commercial programs.

Local Government Rules and Policies

Tehama County jurisdictions do not regulate individuals’ household waste. None of the jurisdictions have mandatory source separation or recycling requirements aimed at residents. Corning requires single-family households to subscribe to curbside services, but the other jurisdictions allow residents to self-haul materials to the landfill or transfer stations.

Tehama County jurisdictions control waste management programs through their franchise agreements with haulers. For example, franchise agreements between GreenWaste and Tehama County/City of Red Bluff require the hauler to provide residential trash customers with recycling and yard debris collection at no additional cost. GreenWaste collects trash, recyclables, and yard debris using dual-collection vehicles; provides carts and bins for trash and recyclables, and collects bulky goods like appliances. The hauler sets "pay as you throw" (PAYT) trash fees and specifies the materials accepted for recycling. Finally, GreenWaste must develop and implement an education program about the county's residential waste programs.

Residential Trash Services

GreenWaste collects residential trash weekly. The company uses semi-automated dual-collection trucks to collect materials at curbside. These trucks are split into two compartments. Collection crews place trash in one side. The other compartment is used for either recyclables or yard debris, which GreenWaste collects on alternate weeks. GreenWaste also provides an annual curbside collection of bulky items and an annual drop-off event for bulky items.

GreenWaste began using variable can rates for trash in 1998. Before PAYT, each household customer in unincorporated Tehama County, and in the cities of Red Bluff and Tehama, could dispose of up to five containers of trash each week. Under the new system, residents can one 32-gallon, 64-gallon, or 96-gallon trash container per weekly collection. As of February 2000, 32 percent of customers subscribed to the 32-gallon service.

Table 4 – GreenWaste Pay-As-You-Throw Rates
Trash Cart Size Monthly Fee
32-gallons $9.50
64-gallons $13.61
96-gallons $16.69

Source: Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency, 2000.

Note: Fees include weekly collection of trash, and recyclables or yard debris. (Residents may purchase tags for extra trash bags. These tags cost $3 and can be used for a single trash bag up to 32 gallons in size.)

Corning Disposal charges households $13.41 per month for weekly trash collection, alternate week recycling and yard debris collection, and monthly bulk item collection. The company provides most customers with a standard 96-gallon toter for trash. (Corning Disposal offers seniors a 32-gallon weekly toter service for $5.65 per month, or bag service for $2.50 per bag.)

The Tehama County Solid Waste Department owns three transfer stations (Manton, Mineral, and Payne's Creek) in rural areas throughout the county. GreenWaste of Tehama operates the transfer stations under contract. The sites are staffed and open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. Use of the Mineral and Payne's Creek sites is limited to Tehama County residents. Residents of both Tehama and Shasta Counties can use the Manton Station. Self-haul trash customers pay $5.45 per cubic yard for use of these stations.

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