Part 2 of a series
Madera County supervisors this morning will move forward toward asking their solid-waste management consultant to prepare a request for proposal to send to garbage contractors in the area. The supervisors hope to be able to improve the operations of the county-owned landfill and to lower costs.
One of Madera County’s biggest considerations as it considers its options for future operations of its landfill is the necessity for “diversion.” By state law, the county must aim for the target of recycling, reusing or composting 75 percent of its waste stream by the year 2020.
The county is in compliance with the 50 percent state diversion requirements now, but may not be able to meet the 2020 goal without landfill-operation changes.
The Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at the landfill was set up to increase recycling, but it wasn’t big enough to handle the flow of garbage that developed as the county grew. The facility was set up as a “dirty” MRF, in which all garbage would be dumped into it and recyclables would be removed, the rest being put into the landfill. A “clean” MRF would handle only recyclables which had been presorted, such as the recyclables are presorted in Madera and Chowchilla...