JULY 6, 2015

Central Coast Transfer Station Project

Will Be Considered by Supervisors & Council July 21


A joint meeting of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and Fort Bragg City Council will take place Tuesday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 363 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg, to consider the proposed Central Coast Transfer Station on Highway 20.

The final EIR for the project has been completed and is posted at, with bound copies to be available for inspection at the Fort Bragg city hall and library by July 9.   The final EIR includes responses to comments received from the public in March.

The proposed transfer station would improve the efficiency of solid waste disposal in the Fort Bragg area by consolidating trash in larger truck loads for hauling to a destination landfill.   It would replace the existing self-haul disposal site in Caspar and also the piecemeal truck trips made by Empire Waste Management to the Willits Transfer Station.

The proposed site at 30075 Highway 20, 3 miles east of Highway 1, lies at the northern edge of Jackson Demonstration State Forest.  It was named as the preferred site by the Supervisors and Council in 2013 after a six-year search of possible locations in the Fort Bragg area.

A draft EIR was published in February, 2015.

The County and City have been partners in solid waste management in the Fort Bragg area since 1967.   They co-own the Caspar Landfill which was shut down in 1992.

At the July 21 joint meeting, the Supervisors and Council will first consider whether to certify the EIR as compliant with state requirements.   If they do so, the Supervisors and Council will then make a separate decision about whether to proceed with the transfer station project.

Under a state law passed in 2011, the County and City can take ownership of the 17-acre site from Jackson Demonstration State Forest, which would be compensated by acquisition of land elsewhere.

The transfer station would be designed, built and operated under a long-term contract awarded to a private solid waste company to be chosen through a competitive process.

Further information is available from Mike Sweeney, General Manager of the Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority, which is representing the County and City in project planning, at 468-9710.

Central Coast Transfer Station Project Will Be Considered by Supervisors & Council July 21