Several people in the Whitehall Lane neighborhood have inquired to me about proposals to add new activities at the Upper Valley Disposal location off Whitehall Lane – specifically, the processing of household food waste – and whether these decisions are being made at the next meeting of the Upper Valley Waste Management Agency (UVWMA) on Monday August 17. Here is what’s happening.
Some restaurant food waste has been facilitated at the Whitehall site since about 2009 – it constitutes 2 containers and is kept there overnight (except Sundays) after initial pickup, and then taken to Clover Flat for processing.
The UVWMA on Monday will not be deciding anything related to new/additional/expanded uses at the Whitehall site. We simply will be deciding whether to hire a consultant to evaluate many potential changes, and have a public workshop about these many issues – including collection of household food waste. If we decide to go in this direction, the workshop will likely be held in September.
So there is no immediate change proposed at the Whitehall facility but there is a need to plan for overall waste collection over the next 5-20 years because the State has changed requirements for what can go into landfills.
Here are the links to the agenda and supporting documents for next Monday’s meeting, and also some particulars about the consultant/workshop process. General information about UVWMA can be found here. [Note: the County of Napa website links may load more slowly than the others.]
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions about this.