The Crescent City Landfill closed to the public in March 2005, and construction of the liner, drainage and landfill gas systems was completed in February 2006. The landfill property is owned by the County of Del Norte and landfill monitoring, maintenance and repair activities are administered by the Authority with assistance from the County under orders from the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the North Coast Region.
Proper Disposal Tips and Tricks
Dumping waste in any area that is not permitted as a transfer station or open landfill is illegal. Besides being ugly, illegal dumping creates many environmental and human health threats. Every year millions of Californian’s tax dollars are spent to cleanup illegal dumpsites.
Human Health Threats
Illegal dumping is unhealthy for us and the environment. A variety of health hazards are associated with illegal dumping including: cancer, hepatitis, diseases carried by birds, mosquitoes, and rodents in contact with the trash, and increased concentrations of toxins and carcinogens in our water and local fish and seafood that we eat.
Home-Generated Sharps (HGS)
Examples of HGSs include needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects. Sharps can only be disposed after they are properly contained. Proper containers with instructions are available at most pharmacies. Please do not use other containers, as they may tear or rupture during the normal trash collection and disposal process. Never place loose sharps in your trash. Please bring them properly contained to the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge.
Del Norte County boasts a diverse geography, from coastal plains and wetlands to pristine forests and rivers. And a variety of wildlife ranging from the threatened stellar sea lions to the majestic bald eagle. Del Norte County is also home to many of this nation’s species of special concern. Illegal dumping is ugly and threatens habitat for these special creatures, contaminating the water and surrounding habitat.
Pursuant to CA Vehicle Code 23 112A, any throwing, depositing, or dumping of anything along highways or any other unpermitted area is illegal. Violators are subject to trash cleanup, 6 months in jail and $1000 in fines and a $1700 penalty assessment fee.
Tarp Your Load
Our community has an ongoing problem with trash spilling out of trucks and trailers that are going to the Transfer Station. Littering is unsightly and adds to visual blight. California has very stringent laws against littering and requires vehicles and trailers to be leak proof and covered to prevent spilling wastes on our streets, roads and highways.
To report illegal dumping or abandoned vehicles call the Del Norte County Code Enforcement Officer at 464-7254