The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery administers the Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program, which provides up to $1 million annually in grants for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property. A site may be eligible for funding if the parcel(s) is(are) zoned for agricultural use, where unauthorized solid waste disposal has occurred, and where the site(s) is(are) in need of cleanup in order to abate a nuisance or public health and safety threat and/or a threat to the environment.
The Honey Lake Valley RCD has successfully obtained funding and completed 3 separate Solid Waste clean-ups over the past 3 years.
In 2020, the RCD in conjunction with Schroeder Inc. removed abandoned tires, broken automobiles, scrap metal, trash, and other solid waste off of a private land parcel near Hwy 395, adjacent to public lands. This property was previously subjected to illegal dumping for 10+ years, with such an increase in amounts of waste and large vehicles that the dumping was visible from the highway. By removing the trash and waste from this site, passerbys are no longer be able to see space for dumping, and waste will not continue to travel onto public lands, creating an issue for the land managers and wildlife in the surrounding areas.
The RCD plans to continue to partner with Cal Recycle and apply for funds to continue cleaning up illegal dump sites within Lassen County for the years to come.
Please reach out if you happen to know of any illegal dumping sites (family/on ranch dumping areas are not applicable), that may have potential for future funding.