Mission Statement

"The mission of EI Dorado County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of EI Dorado County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation and action."

Green Waste Programs

Community Green Waste Dumpster Program


Due to a lack of funds the dumpster program has been suspended.  The program has been funded by a USFS Grant administered by the California State Fire Safe Council for the last several years.   We (The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council) applied for continued funding but our grant request was not approved.  We also applied for a CAL FIRE SRA (Fire Fee) Grant but our project was not selected.  Unfortunately we are forced to suspend this very popular and beneficial program. We regret any inconvenience this program disruption may cause, and encourage residents to continue to maintain defensible space around their homes.  You can hire a chipping contractor or there are alternative means of disposing of green waste, including vouchers from El Dorado Disposal and curbside pick-up of bundled twigs and bags of needles and leaves.  See your El Dorado Disposal mailer for details. We will aggressively pursue other funding sources and will restart the program as soon as possible.  Please check this web page for update information.


In previous grants we have been allowed to estimate the labor hours community members spent in preparing material for the dumpster. These hours were the basis for the “in kind” match requirements of the grant. The new grant requires the community members certify their hours in a form that can be audited and verified.

Dumpsters are about ten times as expensive per yard as chipping. Dumpsters are to be used for material that cannot be chipped such as small twigs, leaves and pine needles.


  • Dumpsters do have a valid purpose to further our objectives of having property owners take responsibility for their property.
  • Dumpsters assist in this effort when used effectively.
  • Community clean up days increase community involvement and awareness. They promote fire safe activity and community unity.
  • We will have better fiscal control and will be able to serve more communities in the county.


  • The Council cannot afford to place dumpsters at a single location for extended periods.
  • Cost is excessive.
  • Potential for abuse (landscapers / contractors) is great.
  • Additional administrative burden on the community and the EDCFSC

Policy (based on the above):

Green waste dumpsters will be provided to communities who sponsor community clean up days.

The event must be broadly advertised within the community for at least one month in advance and be open to all members of the community.

A copy of the promotion needs to be provided to EDCFSC with the dumpster application. The promotional material (flyer or email) must not be distributed and the cleanup day should not be announced until the application is approved by the Fire Safe Council.

Mobile home parks, home owners associations and community service districts that collect fees or rent from their residents for the purpose of trash and green waste removal are not eligible for this program.

A maximum of two green waste dumpsters will be provided for a maximum of two weeks once per year. The dumpsters can be emptied when filled, normally once each week. A maximum of 6 dumpsters per community per year may be provided. A typ