County to clean up illegal disposal site

According to a news release from The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, dated July 11, 2011:
The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Environmental Health has received funding to clean up an illegal dump site on private forest land in the Carlotta area.  Funding for the work to be conducted off Redwood House Road is provided by a grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through its Farm and Ranch Grant Program.  This Program provides funding to clean up illegally-disposed waste on agricultural lands.  Since the property is used for timber production, the project qualified for grant funding.

For more than 20 years, local residents have been illegally dumping household trash, appliances, furniture, and other items at the Redwood House Road site.  Over the years, County Public Works and the property owners have attempted to keep up with the dumping through small-scale cleanup efforts.  Now, with this grant, all waste will be removed from the site and barriers will be installed to prevent future dumping.  New signs will also be installed so that law enforcement can take action against those who dump illegally.

To supplement the large transfer stations in Fortuna, Eureka, and McKinleyville, Humboldt County Public Works provides local facilities in rural areas where residents can legally dispose of household waste and other items.  In Carlotta, the Carlotta Container Site is located off Highway 36, just east of Van Duzen County Park, closer and more convenient than Redwood House Road.  It is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Container sites are also operated in Alderpoint, Blocksburg, Fruitland, Orick, Orleans, Petrolia, Whitethorn, and Willow Creek.  For recorded information about hours for all container sites, residents can call 707-445-7743.

Illegal disposal of solid waste is a crime that threatens the health of our rivers, forests, ranches and ultimately, our own health.  If you see illegal dumping or have information about illegal dumping, please call the Division of Environmental Health at 707-445-6215.  For more information, visit our website at

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