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Higher Garbage Bills for Auburn, CA Residents

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The closed landfill in Auburn, CA is costing tax payers money as the city continues to meet the post-closure requirements of the permit for the landfill.

The 40-acre landfill, which was closed in 1984, was built in 1957 and is considered a legacy landfill because it was built and closed before newer technology may have provided more groundwater protection.

The landfill’s most recent permit update was granted in April 2018. It included a number of new waste discharge requirements from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The new requirements aim to improve the groundwater directly below the landfill.

The city is working on long-term options for the landfill to remain in compliance. Three options being considered include incremental mitigation, putting an entirely new cap on the landfill or a clean closure. The city is evaluating the options. Residents may see an increase on their bills as early as July 2022.

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