CalRecycle Grant Helps Fund Cleanup of Illegal Dumpsite
A three-day cleanup project along a watershed in western Marin County resulted in the removal of tires, television screens, paint cans, and some other interesting items.
“The strangest find we had yet has been that somebody who had a goat farm is apparently (dumping) their dead goats,” said Sarah Phillips, Marin Resource Conservation District Urban Streams manager.
Last month’s cleanup was primarily funded through CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program. The conservation district, working on behalf of the property owner, was awarded a $42,000 grant.
The illegal dumpsite was located along a 1,600-foot stretch of a tributary outside Petaluma. The ravine was a popular spot for drive-by dumping.
“It’s not their (property owners) mess,” Phillips said. “Just random strangers dumping their waste. It’s really appalling to me that if you’re going to work that hard to load up all of your trash, why not spend a little money going to the landfill instead of trashing a watershed and someone else’s property.”
In all, 22.5 cubic yards of trash were hauled away. That included 70 car tires, 78 truck tires, and eight semi-truck tires.
Some of the grant funding will also be used to prevent future illegal dumping. The conservation district, along with the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, will work with the landowner to implement surveillance monitoring of the tributary. Check out this video to learn more.