Thursday, December 12, 2013

First Trash Change Town Hall On Tuesday

You will recall when I wrote about the changes the Costa Mesa Sanitary District was planning to impose on its customers - you and me - last month, before the meeting HERE and and after it HEREBradley Zint of the Daily Pilot - the only person to attend the Sanitary District Board meeting that night - also wrote about it, HERE.

Well, the first of two scheduled Town Hall meetings on the proposed changes is coming up on Tuesday evening, December 17, 2013 at 5:30 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (Lions Park).  You all should have received a notice in the mail about these meetings.  It looked like this: (click on image to enlarge it)

  This meeting, and the one scheduled on SATURDAY, January 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the same venue, will likely be the only opportunity for customers of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District to hear about these VERY significant changes to the way each of us will be required to manage our trash in the near future.  It will mean TWO trash trucks instead of one prowling your neighborhoods each week, doubling the load on the infrastructure, too. 

In a nutshell, you will no longer be able to dump your trash - recyclables, green waste and general trash - into one "cart" (that trash can on wheels the hauler, CR&R, provides us).  Following this change you will be required to sort out so-called "organic waste" and place it in the can with other green waste - lawn clippings, tree branches, etc.  I outlined the process in my earlier posts.

I guess I understand why this change may be necessary, I just don't understand the RUSH to do it so quickly when, based on the information available at the links I provided earlier, the Sanitary District is not required to do it until 2015.

I hope you'll join me at the meeting Tuesday evening to hear from the Sanitary District staff and Board members just WHY this change MUST be done NOW.

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Anonymous seedling said...

other cities have been doing this for a very long time-- seems costa mesa is behind the times. I'm sure things like paper waste are less likely to be contaminated by decaying foodstuffs placed in the catch all bins.
Even rainbow disposal that prided itself on its sorting process transferred to this model in fountain valley. I loved it in FV as they approve of lots of recyclable items placed in the blue bins that even the center at OCC wont take.

12/13/2013 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

I say again - for those of us in townhouses this is just not doable. We have zero clearance in the front, small garages and back yards without egress except through the house. As it is, we are trying to jam the cans in around the cars, and now there is a third. City ordinance requires that the cans be stored out of site except on trash day, so are we supposed to keep the green waste indoors and attract pests into the house?

I support recycling, but there has to be a workable method.

12/13/2013 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

Indeed, Costa Mesa is WAY, WAY, WAY behind the times. Most California municipalities have been separating/recycling their trash for years! In Scotts Valley, we put our organic (green) waste in super-small, lidded containers that are about the size of a large bucket. These are easy to keep in your garage and even easier to haul out to the curb on trash day.

12/13/2013 12:51:00 PM  

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