Save a trip to the dump with City of Santa Paula refuse drop-off service

September 18, 2009
Santa Paula News

If you want to go to the Toland Landfill you are encouraged to get a free permit from the city, but you can save time, money and effort by visiting the special refuse station operated by Santa Paula.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesIf you want to go to the Toland Landfill you are encouraged to get a free permit from the city, but you can save time, money and effort by visiting the special refuse station operated by Santa Paula. According to Interim Public Works Director Jon Turner, the refuse is welcome locally at the city’s old dump at the far southern end of Palm Avenue so it can undergo recycling efforts.Turner said the city has found that about 85 percent of trash taken up to Toland, located about 4 1/2 miles east of Santa Paula, is recyclable. Taking a load to the city’s refuse site “saves people from having to drive to the landfill, and we are able to recycle the material.”Although the city has exceeded the state mandated recycling goal, franchise commercial haulers have struggled to meet the guidelines, which could lead to hefty fines. The city initiated the free hauler permit to better gauge and control landfill dumping, but is hoping residents will take advantage of its own, less expensive local option.“This process is constantly changing and morphing into something better,” and Turner said if a city resident has a “small load” that doesn’t warrant the rental of a city roll off bin, “bring it in. The city is making sure we are taking it and pushing it toward the appropriate recycler,” whether it be metals or wood.Turner noted many items one wouldn’t think are recyclable indeed are, including drywall land carpet, but “We have places to take it all.” And the cost - city prices start at $25 a ton or less - coupled with the convenience can’t be beat.
Using the local drop off “saves our residents time, money and gas... and if you take it to our yard you don’t even need a permit,” required only for Toland dumping. “Don’t get me wrong: the permit is free, we don’t charge for it, but if you use the local facility you don’t even need that.”Turner suggested those interested in the drop-off service should call 933-4212 ext 308 to make an appointment. Or, “Stop by the public works office, pay us here” and make an appointment for a city employee to meet you at the drop-off.“The appointment,” noted Turner, “is critical,” as the department does not have the personnel to keep the yard staffed. “You have to plan ahead... we have to plan ahead” to assign an employee to be at the site for your drop-off.“We would prefer, in order to make it easier,” that notice be given so the city can “accommodate you better and more efficiently. If you call at the last second” for a drop-off there are no guarantees of service, and the possibility is that other city work might be delayed “not always in a positive way.”Drop-offs by appointment can be made Monday through Friday during regular city business hours. Or, noted Turner, every city refuse pickup customer is entitled to one free pickup of oversized items - such as a sofa or refrigerator, even television sets - annually.“We have a three item limit,” and again an appointment - as well as a description of what is being picked up - is required and can be made by calling 933-4212 ext 308. The drop-off and pickup services, said Turner, demonstrate “once again that we always strive to provide the best customer service.”



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