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The aftermath of the Campfire brought plenty of debris to one local waste management facility in Shasta County.

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 8:15 PM

ANDERSON, Calif.- The aftermath of the Campfire brought plenty of debris to one local waste management facility in Shasta County.

With all the soot and ash that came from the Campfire, the Waste Management facility in Anderson was one of the sites chosen as a disposal site.

"The amount of debris that was there from the devastation in Paradise was too much for one landfill to handle," says District Manager, Crystal Young. "That's why there were so many disposal facilities named of which we were one." 

Waste Management District Manager Crystal Yolung says that although they received their last load of rubble to Anderson back in August, some of that has impacted the landfill.

One way that the landfill was impacted was the amount of airspace it consumed. 

" With every landfill measured by airspace utilization, every ton received is airspace consumed," says Young.

The amount of debris that the landfill in Anderson received just from the Campfire was 700,000 tons.

" If you take your debris from 740 ft. and the fire debris got us to 500 ft. in that particular area, that took up airspace. You can't go back and put anything else in there," says Young. "It's done, it's used."

For Young and the Waste Management facility in Anderson, it wasn't about how the large amounts of debris would impact the landfill, but rather about helping out in a time of need.

"To see complete destruction, I just knew that we had to be a good neighbor," says Young. "We did everything we could to lessen the impact. At the end of the day, we're a site that can manage those types of materials and debris and I think we're lucky to have a site like this in our community where we know that it's going to be properly managed." 

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