Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | June 11, 2010

San Francisco Business Times – Friday, June 11, 2010

Winnemucca dumps Recology landfill plan
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Recology has run into a heap of a problem trying to get permits for a landfill in Nevada to house Bay Area waste.
The Humbolt County Commission voted in April to revoke a 5-year conditional use permit extension Recology needs to develop the Jungo Road landfill, a one-square-mile site 25 miles outside the city of Winnemucca and about 90 miles south of the Oregon border. San Francisco-based Recology Inc. is suing the commission and commissioners in federal court claiming they violated local and federal laws in reversing the Regional Planning Commission’s decision to extend the conditional use permit.
“Jungo Road will help Recology manage waste in the future” says Recology CEO Sangiacomo.



  1. Great article! Thanks. A few things to add:

    1. Recology did not spend any money on environmental impact studies. In fact, when asked if they would during the meeting where they requested an extension of their conditional use permit, they refused to. The money they are spending includes permitting and legal fees. They are going thru the permitting process with the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Costs for the permitting process are part of doing business when you want to build a landfill. Recology themselves has stated Jungo Road was always speculative.

    2. The site for this landfill is part of the Black Rock desert which many people use and enjoy. It is unclear; but highly likely there is an environmental impact. For Sangiacomo to imply in his quote that this would be an area of very little environmental impact is not accurate. Recology is proposing to build their landfill closer to an active aquifer than the 100 feet Nevada statute allows, The NDEP can grant that exception. At the same time, the NDEP has stated liners leak. The USGS study Senator Reid is pursuing was incomplete; but it did state water would be contaminated. What remains unclear is the connection of this aquifer to municipal water supplies.

    3. The 4000 tons per day of non-recycleable waste would come from California communities, 5 days per week for 95 years. We are unclear which communities those would be given Recology can’t sign up business until they have the permits needed to build the landfill. Frankly, I can’t imagine any Californian wanting to ship the worst of their waste out of state given their leadership in managing recycling and waste.

    4. Recology did not fulfill the obligations of their 3-year conditional use permit (CUP). A letter to local commissioners blames ‘angry citizens’ for that delay, when, by their own timeline, these ‘angry citizens’ did not speak up until 2 years into the CUP. At that point, no permits had been issued or finalized. Because they did not fulfill the CUP, their request for extension was denied.

    The response to sue the county, individual commissioners, and attempt to direct the county to stop the voter’s petition is not exactly neighborly. While the bay area enjoys the green innovations and partership with Recology, Humboldt County, Nevada sees an entirely different face to this company.

    Thanks again for such a great article.

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