The White Pine Green Up Program was initiated in March of 2003 by the BLM Ely Field Office, the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), and the Forest Service Ely Ranger District to combat illegal dumps. BLM and the NDF were cleaning up illegal dumps on a monthly basis before the free service program was initiated. In an effort to encourage rural residents to dispose their solid wastes responsibly, the agencies pooled $40,000 over 5 years to waive disposal fees at the public landfill. The program accepts construction waste, hot water heaters, refrigerators (with or without Freon), scrap metal, tires, washing machines and dryers, as well as old cars and truck batteries. Prior to the White Pine Green Up program, the Ely municipal landfill infrequently received solid waste from rural areas. Today, rural residents regularly transport their solid waste to the landfill, reducing the expensive cleanups at the agencies' expense. The City of Ely is also reaping economic rewards because much of the solid waste received by the program is sold to be recycled.
Left to Right: Rick Stork, Janette Trask, Kim Ferguson,
Jack Tribble, Ed Shepard, Lynn Scarlett
Left to Right: Gale Norton, Jack Tribble,
Kim Ferguson, Jannette Trask, Rick Stork, Lynn Scarlett