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RAGLM Board > General Discussion > Waste Management - Green Waste Services?
4/24/2013 7:50:27 PM
Response to lidReply: Nathan
  The reason this issue was brought up was do to the overwhelming response on this issue. We had one of our largest turnouts at our last community meeting with Waste Management. It was fellow residents that brought the issues of trucks and smog up, so I am simply trying to address the concerns brought up by these residents. I personally live up in the Gavilan Hills area and I can tell you I am personally adamantly opposed to any trucks on Cajalco.

FYI: The County plan is to make March AFB the second largest shipping hub in the U.S. (imagine the 710 in Long Beach)

The Lake Mathews signs currently only reflect a CDP area and not our COI boundaries. This is something very important to keep from the slow erosion of our community to others such as Perris, Riverside and Corona.

As for worrying about the issues with Cajalco, I am very concerned about those issues as well. RAGLM has had 2 meetings on the Cajalco expansion and GDP updates in the last year alone. We are having the transportation dept. come out again later this year as well to update us on the issue. RAGLM has created 2 different pages for people to submit comments to those in charge of the Cajalco expansion as well as the GDP update. I can tell you that we have only had a handful of people actually send comments on these issues while we have had 40+ comments on the Waste Management issue.

Cajalco Expansion

General Plan Update

We try our best to address all issues in the area but require the residents support to make any ground on any issue. While RAGLM does have a substantial voice in our community when it comes to the County, we can only do so much, your support on issues is vital to the success of anything up here. Please come to the monthly meetings, become a paid member if you are not already (only $20/year) or donate time to the community as we can not do it alone.

Please know, I listen to your concerns. I try my hardest to make as many County meetings as possible and inform residents via the meetings and website on as many issues as I am able. While RAGLM has recently lost some very valuable members, it has also gained some very valuable members and we hope to continue the work before us for the benefit of this (our community). We welcome all comments and concerns, please keep them coming and feel free to contact me anytime for any reason.
4/24/2013 6:38:15 PM
Gavilan Hills is just as affected as Lake Mathwes by CajalcoReply: BillB
Gayle is right. I know of no one in my Gavilan Hills neighborhood that is pleased with the Cajalco Road expansion. We are also very upset about the increased nursery truck traffic. They are noisy, obtrusive, and destroy our roads. Unfortunately, the area is zoned for agriculture and nurseries are included under the ag umbrella. It sucks, but the big-rig traffic is apparently something we must tolerate if we are to live in or near an agriculture zone.

Incidentally, I believe the green-wast arguments by the waste haulers are bogus. But then the whole trash hauling policy is pure nonsense. I guess that is what we should expect from a monopoly.
4/24/2013 4:41:08 PM
Response to LidReply: Gayle Geer
I don't know of anyone up here in Gavilan Hills who is celebrating turning Cajalco into a major highway/truck route.

Everyone I know has fought that tooth and nail.

Who are these people you know who love the idea? Perhaps RAGLM could supply them with some information.
4/24/2013 11:50:15 AM
green wasteReply: lid
Nathan, Worry more about the upcoming pollution from the thousands of big rigs going to the out of control Perris and Mo. Valley warehouses using upcoming Cajalco trucking route. Big deal, a green trash truck once a week. How many nursery trucks affect the Gavilan Hills area roads yet no complaint? Those of us living facing Cajalco are trying to figure out should we move or stay as those in Gavilan hills are celebrating the trucking route on Cajalco yet they complain the undesired Lake Mathew's signs don't include them.  There is one reason for them to celebrate; they won't be forced to hear the big rigs 24hrs. a day. Hope Gavilan residences don't celebrate too much as the truck pollution will reach them too. You need to focus on what's happening with the giant, biggest in the nation Mo. Valley warehouse issue, instead of worring about a trash truck picking up green waste once a week, come on!
4/24/2013 11:21:53 AM
Green WasteReply: lid
Green Waste cans. $3.00 is cheaper than the additional garbage can I've been paying for. It's a lot easier to wheel a trash barrel around to collect branches and clippings, than deal with the fire hazard created by my mulch pile, something I won't have to worry about soon as our water costs increase with the unsustainable growth predicitions.
4/24/2013 9:12:15 AM
Green Waste & MeReply: Hugh
I live on four acres. Have no need for Green Waste container. Not in support of concept. I'm also not in support of yelling "lawsuit" every time something isn't exactly as "I" think it should be.
4/23/2013 11:25:27 PM
Green WasteReply: newmanpenny
If I did not have green waste, I would not be paying for Waste Management at all.
We have very little trash, but lots of recycling. Yet they only pick it up once every two weeks.
I go out of my way to trim trees, pull weeds, whatever it takes to attempt to fill my can every week because it bothers me to pay for something I don't fully use.
My mom lives in a mobile home park, less than 7 miles away from the Lake Mathews General Store and she has green waste cans in her park. (none of them really need it at all, compared to our area)
I would LOVE to see a lawsuit against Waste Management because they are not sorting things out. They can't even keep the trash inside the trucks. Ever follow one of them?
I have been told we already get charged more simply because we live on a dirt cul-de-sac. Never liked Waste Management, have had so many issues with them.
I try to compost.
4/23/2013 4:34:02 PM
Waste Management - Green Waste Services?Post: Nathan
Some in our community have recently requested green waste services in our area. I did a little research and just wanted to share my results and get a feel for what the community wants before we take any action on this issue.

Some Concerns:
1. Green waste is not being recycled.
2. Too many trucks on our roads.
3. Too much pollution from trucks.
4. Current fees are too high.

These are just some of the issues I have heard so I wanted to try and clear up some of these concerns. First, there are many laws in the state of California the require all waste to be separated and disposed of properly. While I have not pinpointed a specific law but found more than 5 different ones on this subject, I decided to just ask Waste Management directly.

My Email to WM:
   I was just curious if you could tell me if all incoming trash to your facilities are properly separated. Recently some of my neighbors have complained about green waste service and some a lack of having it. I believe that all waste must be separated due to recent California legislation. I am concerned that all of the green waste my neighbors throw in their cans is not being disposed of properly. I was hoping you could help set my mind at ease and possibly point me in the direction to show my neighbors that you are managing this properly. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer me.

Response from WM:
Dear Waste Management Customer,

We have received your email and appreciate you taking the time to let us know your concerns. Here at Waste Management, we take pride in our green waste services and can assure you that incoming trash to our facilities is separated appropriately. Please visit us at www.wm.com to learn more.

If you have any questions, please call us at 866-570-4702, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Thank you for your business.

Waste Management Customer Service

My Conclusion:
From what I can gather, getting a green waste service in our area would bring a few things to us.

1. Additional $3/month fee
2. More Trucks on our roads
3. More air pollution in our area

All of this for something that Waste Management told me they are already doing for us. So I guess the question is, do you want to pay more for a service you are already receiving?

Please take our poll and let us know.
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