SAN FRANCISCO — Five million tons of San Francisco trash could be heading to Yuba County, under a deal approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Supervisors on voted 9-2 in favor of a $112 million contract to send city trash to a dump near Wheatland, 132 miles away. The 10-year deal with landfill owner Recology and the city would likely start in 2015.
A coalition of Yuba County residents and some local activists have objected to shipping trash to Yuba County, saying it would harm the environment.
The deal would bring jobs and $22 million to the county — one of the poorest in California — but it would also result in the millions of tons of trash being dumped in a landfill surrounded by farmland.
"The green stops at the city limits of San Francisco,” said Rick Paskowitz, a member of the Yuba Group Against Garbage (YuGaG), who can see the landfill from his home. "Our bottom line is not to produce contaminated food that comes down to San Francisco.”
But in voting in favor of the contract, San Francisco supervisors said it would save San Francisco residents more than $100 million over 10 years and protect the environment.
The plan calls for trash to be collected and trucked to Oakland in special containers that can be loaded onto a train. At least three times per week, a 45-car train would roll to the Recology landfill.