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Posted on: May 1, 2023

Nevada County Breaks Ground on McCourtney Road Transfer Station Improvement Project

Nevada County Breaks Ground on McCourtney Road Transfer Station Improvement Project (2)

Today, May 1st, Nevada County Supervisor Hoek and staff broke ground on the McCourtney Road Transfer Station (MRTS) Improvement Project along with Bobo Construction, Hansen Brothers Enterprise, and Waste Management. This project will repurpose the existing transfer station’s footprint to accommodate the increased traffic and demand for recycling and solid waste services and allow for the current State mandate for organic food waste collection and diversion.

“We are thrilled to break ground on this project for Nevada County residents. It’s been a long time, almost 11 years, in the making and will allow the transfer station to meet the County’s demand better,” exclaimed District 4 Supervisor Sue Hoek. “The new capacity and improvements will allow for quicker and easier turn around for both residents and contractors as well as reduce traffic impacts to property owners along McCourtney Road.”  

Construction is planned through the Fall of 2024. Customers will be able to check the MRTS camera for live traffic conditions.

“We’ve been working closely with Waste Management and Bobo Construction to minimize traffic impacts at the transfer station through a phased construction approach. However, the team working on the project wants to remind residents that this project will require patience and attention to direction when visiting the transfer station,” said Solid Waste Program Manager David Garcia. “We are happy to be this far along, but now the real work begins, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get this facility built for the community.”

Planned improvements include:

  1. Quick and easy site access.
  2. Plenty of unloading stalls with a new transfer station building.
  3. Improved access to Household Hazardous Waste and recycling facilities.
  4. Improved areas for green waste, construction, and demolition.
  5. Food waste diversion facility to comply with California state regulations.
  6. New public receiving area to maximize flexibility for known and unknown needs for the next 30 years.

More Information about the McCourtney Road Transfer Station

MRTS provides solid waste and recycling transfer services for the communities of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and the unincorporated areas of western Nevada County and was constructed in 1994 after the adjacent McCourtney Road landfill was closed.

MRTS has seen an increase in traffic and needs more capacity to accommodate the volume of vehicles regularly delivering waste to the site, in addition to providing organic food waste collection and diversion programs as outlined in SB1383 and AB1826 and directed by the State of California. Segregated food waste cannot be accommodated in the current facility design.

The project will cost $22 million over two years and has been included in the County’s Capital Facilities Plan since 2012. Over $4 million in taxpayer dollars were saved by making minimal reductions to the project’s scope and rebidding the project in November 2022.

To see the complete project timeline and project design assets, please visit

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