Contra Costa Resource Conservation District Receives $31,625 To Help Remove And Prevent Illegal Dumping On Contra Costa County Farms And Ranches

June 12, 2019 14:00 pm · 8 comments

The Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) was recently awarded $31,625 to use for removal and prevention of illegal dumping on Contra Costa County farms and ranches.

Through this grant, farmers will remove illegally dumped tires, soil, fertilizer tanks, car parts, televisions, and other electronic waste from their fields and vineyards. They will then dispose of them at appropriate facilities. The farmers will be reimbursed for dump fees and contractor labor. This grant will also fund measures to prevent future dumping; in this case, gates and fencing will be erected. This grant and associated projects are expected to be completed this summer.

CalRecycle typically funds the Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup Abatement Program annually with three funding periods ending in February, August, and November. Interested farmers and ranchers are encouraged to reach out to Ben Weise at the CCRCD by phone at (925) 690-4145 or by email at for more information.

jon s June 12, 2019 at 2:26 PM

Sounds like it will pay dump fees for about 30-40 people then its out of money.

The Wizard June 12, 2019 at 2:46 PM

31 K not much, better than nothing.

Tsa June 12, 2019 at 5:08 PM

And this $31K will be gone in the blink of an eye and have done basically nothing, but someone will have justified their $200K per year job.

anonamiss June 12, 2019 at 8:06 PM

I just wish there was a task force to go after illegal dumping and those that are desecrating our roads and environment. Also I feel that the penalty for illegal dumping should be higher. Never hire a junk removal service that is not legitimate and does not take your junk to the dump. Many of these so called businesses are a scam and will take that dump fee and leave your trash by the side of the road. Scumbags.

The Mamba June 13, 2019 at 8:19 AM

There is, it’s just woefully underfunded and there’s like two trucks working on any given day, they rotate which areas of the county they cover. Trust me, I “volunteered” to work for them for a few days.

Cellophane June 13, 2019 at 6:45 AM

It’ll cost more than $31K to cover the administrative costs of receiving the check.

A net loss without accomplishing anything.

That’s how your government uses your tax dollars.

Resident June 13, 2019 at 7:15 AM

The City of Concord spends $60,000 per year on illegal dumping. They outsource this task to Mt Diablo Resource Recovery (formerly known as Garaventa). I agree with the idea of a task force to go after the dumpers. If these miscreants think the fees at the dump are high, hit them with a $5,000 fine. Send a message that it’s not ok to continue trashing Concord.

Part of the issue is that it’s a nice revenue stream for Mt Diablo Resource Recovery, who owns most of the city council via generous campaign contributions.

The Police Officers Association (POA) also owns most of the city council, so I think it’s a matter of maintaining the status quo. The police can and should go after dumpers, but people are getting paid- it’s tax payer’s dollars, so nobody cares.

Meanwhile, instead of finding solutions to reduce expenses (send a message to illegal dumpers) to help solve the impending city budget issues, the powers that be prefer the idea of not only extending the measure Q sales tax (which was supposed to be temporary), but increasing it indefinitely.


Bob Wiley June 13, 2019 at 10:52 AM

If we need to socialize anything, it needs to be the dump. If we were to pay a few dollars more a year in taxes in order to make a dump trip “free”, then it would nearly eliminate people dumping on the side of the road. I’m not sure how much it costs to take a load to other dumps, but the Richmond dump charges you at minimum $65 – even if you only have a few items. The last load I took there with a full truck cost me $121.

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