The Green Waste Transfer Station (GWTS) is a receiving and storage location that was permitted by the U.S. Forest Service for the purpose of providing all Forest Lakes residents a place to take their compostable debris. Several times each year the green waste materials are chipped and hauled away to be used as compost or as power plant fuel. One frequent user of the chipped material is the Novo Bio Power Plant in Snowflake where it is used as biofuel to make electricity.
FLFD is the permit holder and handles the contractual interface with the US Forest Service, specifically the Black Mesa Ranger District. We provide operations management, including site maintenance and preparation of the site for chipping operations. The Black Mesa Ranger District and the FLFD are responsible for fire suppression.
The GWTS is generally open from April through October. Hours within the season are determined on community needs, fire danger, and weather conditions. If a Red Flag Day is on an Operational day, the site will open at 7 AM and then close 1/2 hour before the Red Flag hours begin.
It is staffed during hours of operations. An attendant monitors incoming loads of debris to ensure proper material is being dropped off. At all other times, it is secured and locked. Usage fee is $10 per load. It is self-sustaining financially. Tax revenues are not used to fund the operation.
ALLOWED MATERIALS: Vegetative material, such as tree thinning branches and brush, boles of trees, pine needles, cones, grass clippings, and other plant material. All brush must be removed from any plastic bags and bags must be removed from the area.
NOT ALLOWED: Large stumps, hazardous materials, non-vegetative materials (rocks, dirt etc.) and human processed materials such as appliances, appliance parts, rubber tires, auto parts, and building materials.
DIRECTIONS: The GWTS is located on Sitgreaves National Forest property on Forest Road 99-A approximately 1 mile north of Forest Lakes. It can be accessed by taking either Forest Road 99 or Wildcat Road to where all 3 roads intersect. The GWTS is about ½ mile to the West of the intersection on 99-A. Signage is restricted due to the site being on National Forest property.