The future of garbage and recycling takes shape in Western Placer County


Expansion and effective interest rate voting are intended to support the planned growth of the area

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — The Board of Directors of the Western Waste Management Authority (WPWMA) has voted to endorse the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of the agency’s Renewable Alluvial Waste Action Plan, validating the document’s compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition, the board members voted to approve one of two initially proposed plan concepts to allow the expansion of WPWMA’s operations across their existing properties – including facilitating local circular economy.

The Final Waste Action Plan draft will ensure that Western Placer County is well positioned to meet the waste disposal and recycling needs of residents and businesses, comply with a changing regulatory environment, support planned regional growth and create opportunities for innovation – including diverting food waste and additional recyclable materials. Through a $120 million renovation of the WPWMA’s Mixed Waste Materials Recovery Facility.

“We’ve heard directly from our member agencies that it can be difficult to keep residents updated when regulations change,” said Executive Director Ken Grehm.

“Our waste disposal action plan shows that the comfort and quality of life of our residents and businesses is our top priority and we can ensure they comply as regulatory changes come to light – something very few other regions can claim.”

Ken Grimm, Executive Director

development of the landfill in the future

The WPWMA Board approved the Plan 2 concept evaluated in the EIR – which identifies WPWMA’s western ownership for future landfill development and eastern ownership for compatible manufacturing and technology to facilitate a local circular economy. The WPWMA staff has recommended the Plan 2 concept because it allows the WPWMA to achieve its long-term goals and objectives in a cost-effective and environmentally conscious manner and allows the WPWMA the greatest flexibility to adapt to future regulatory and technical developments.

“The Board’s decision will help position the WPWMA as a leader in resource innovation – both locally and nationally,” said Grehm. “We look forward to our facility realizing its full potential as a vital resource for the region.”

Taken during a Board meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2022, the vote was 5-0 in favor of ratification, following afternoon presentations and public comments.

Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville

The approved project is a direct reflection of the community’s input. In addition to a strong advisory team, the Advisory Committee made up of key staff from each of the WPWMA’s member agencies (Placer County and the Cities of Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville) had significant input, along with a stakeholder working group made up of nearby business entities, developers, environmental groups, and neighborhood representatives.

“I appreciate the task force’s work throughout this long process and all the input we’ve had from the community — it’s a huge step forward for the district,” said Chairman Dan Karleskent, a Lincoln City Council member. “The approved plan will support western Placer County for nearly a century, and I think it is serendipitous in the way it all worked out in the end.”

The approved project is subject to CEQA and WPWMA The EIR Waste Action Plan has been prepared to inform decision makers and the public of potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with proposed projects.

Learn more about the Renewable Placer Waste Action Plan and innovations coming to the Western Placer Waste Management Authority at


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