We live in Auburn for many reasons, but the most common one is, the beauty. Sitting on the front porch of the Sierra Nevada our community is home to breathtaking views, wildlife, outdoor adventure — and old couches.
People move to this area to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big metropolis, and all the trappings that come with it — high crime, overcrowding, concrete jungle, and trash. But apparently we haven’t gotten far enough way from the latter.
Seeing the amount and the size of these makeshift garbage piles popping up around our foothill community can be nauseating, and dangerous. We reported last week about piles of trash containing leftover parts from an automobile cooling system, to carpeting and yes, sofas.
Why is it so hard for us to properly dispose of these items? Some will say it’s the cost. If that’s the case, then it’s time the powers that be, I.E. Auburn Recology and the City, to come up with an amnesty day once a year so that folks from around our region can bring those old mattresses, refrigerators, washing machines, carpet and so on and dispose of it safely and properly.
Having the owners of these items bring them to their local transfer station should be more effective then spending Auburn Public Works staff hours and monies to clean up these messes all over town.
Plus, if folks know a free day is coming up, they might be more apt to clean up even more messes on their property and around the area.
But unfortunately there isn’t an amnesty day yet, but there is another way to keep the blight down — see some junk, pick it up. A hats off is in order for many in our community who take the time to pick up the garbage. People like Rex Maynard of Auburn, who twice a year goes into the Auburn State Recreation Area with the Protect American River Canyons group and pulls out everything from appliances to cars — six of them.
There are free services currently for you to dispose of your trash. Things such as newspapers, cardboard, motor oil and batteries are just a few of the items that can be dumped for free at the Shale Ridge Road Auburn transfer station.
For a fee you can dump your bigger waste, and at a price of $22 for a yard of garbage, all it takes is a little budgeting so you can dump that old oven at the proper facility and not on your neighbor’s country road.
We live in too beautiful of a community to let this blight take over.
Acceptable recycling materials at the Shale Ridge Road Auburn Transfer Station
Acceptable (no charge): Newspapers, cardboard, white paper, motor oil, batteries, aluminum, glass, plastic.
Acceptable (with a processing fee): Latex paint, appliances, tires, scrap metal, wood and green waste.