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Sonoma County, Calif., Landfill Launches New System to Better Manage Wildfire Debris

The Sonoma County Landfill, one of the sites accepting debris from the wildfires, recently launched a new system in an effort to get trucks in and out faster.

For the past two months, the state of California has been battling raging wildfires, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and others have worked to clean up debris, ash, solid waste and hazardous waste from properties affected by the wildfires.

The Sonoma County Landfill, one of the sites accepting debris from the wildfires, recently launched a new system in an effort to get trucks in and out faster. Rather than weighing trucks as the come in and out, the new system takes the known weight of the empty truck and subtracts it from the full load. This new system has decreased the dumping process from two to three hours to less than one hour.

KPIX 5 has more:

The Sonoma County landfill has been packed with debris from the fires and it’s caused some major gridlock for trucks trying to get in.

Now, officials are trying to speed up the process.

They’ve just started a new system at the landfill in Petaluma to help trucks get in and get out fast.

The Army Corp of Engineers has instituted a new system this week to make the dumping process exponentially faster.

Read the full story here.

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