YOLO COUNTY LANDFILL - GOOD NEIGHBOR PROGRAM
MARCH 6, 2006
Did you know that the County of Yolo provides more direct and indirect services to the residents of its cities than the cities provide? This comes as a result of the vast array of services provided by counties in general. The list of services is extensive, including: restaurant inspections, pesticide enforcement, county parks, property tax roll, building permits, spousal abuser prosecution, emergency response, gas pump calibration inspections, immunizations, child support services, road maintenance, substance abuse treatment, animal shelter, hazardous materials management, veterans service, library services, day care licensing, emergency psychiatric services…and the list goes on.
In Yolo County these services are provided by 24 departments, 1,360 employees, and on a budget of only $278 million – most of which is mandated and restricted. Despite state and federal mandates and restrictions, Yolo County remains committed to its core values of doing right by people, striving always to be better, making democracy work, and creating and nurturing diversity.
In the months to come, this space will feature some of Yolo County’s many and varied programs, services and policies. One relatively new program Yolo County offers is the Good Neighbor program.
In March of 2005, the Yolo County Division of Waste Management established the Good Neighbor program to provide residents with incentive and opportunity to dispose of items illegally dumped along our county roads. Now, a year later, over 90 Yolo County residents have participated in the Good Neighbor program. These good neighbors have dropped off approximately 125 items for proper disposal at the landfill, and did so free of charge. Illegally dumped items have included household garbage, mattresses, furniture, appliances, tires and electronics, to name a few.
Participants in the Good Neighbor program are asked at the landfill to complete an affidavit which provides contact information, a description of materials collected and the location in which they were illegally disposed. This information allows Yolo County to track the volume of materials collected and to identify where materials are being illegally dumped. For their efforts, participants in the Good Neighbor program are given a $12.00 coupon towards future personal landfill disposal costs.
“Yolo County is home to residents who want to do the right thing,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Frank Sieferman, Jr. “We are happy to provide this opportunity and are grateful to the residents who have helped us in keeping our county roads clean and safe for all residents.”
For their safety, good neighbors are encouraged to take precautions while picking up illegally dumped materials. This includes wearing protective clothing, being on the lookout for sharp objects like needles, broken glass and nails, and using proper lifting techniques. Residents are also advised to avoid handling hazardous materials such as oil, paint, pesticides, antifreeze, etc., as these materials can present dangers if not handled properly. Those who identify such hazardous materials are encouraged to notify the Yolo County Environmental Health Department at (530) 666-8646 as the landfill is only permitted to take such materials during the regularly scheduled hazardous waste events held every other month. For more information on hazardous waste events or other landfill programs, such as the Good Neighbor program, look up http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=402 or call (530) 666-8729.