Support Grows for Chiquita’s Master Plan Revision
The Chiquita Canyon Landfill Master Plan Revision has garnered broad-based community support over the last several months. The Master Plan Revision will provide additional capacity and services and better utilize the existing landfill site to meet the critical solid waste management needs of the Santa Clarita Valley and greater Los Angeles area. The Plan will also include the continued diversion of such materials as green waste, asphalt/concrete and metal through ongoing landfill waste diversion programs on which numerous jurisdictions depend to comply with state-mandated waste diversion goals.
Support for Chiquita Canyon’s Master Plan Revision includes:
- Los Angeles County Business Federation (LA BizFed)
- Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC)
- Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Castaic Chamber of Commerce
- SCV Latino Chamber of Commerce
- Valley Industry Association (VIA)
- West Ranch Town Council
- Golden State Gateway Coalition
- LA County Disposal Association
Clean Energy Produced at Chiquita Canyon
Chiquita Canyon, like other solid waste landfills, over time generates a greenhouse gas, methane, which can be safely converted into a valuable source of clean energy. Chiquita deploys a gas recovery system to collect methane which is then used to generate clean energy for nearly 10,000 homes each year.
The Clean Energy Facility, operated by Ameresco, allows the Chiquita Canyon to operate sustainably using energy generated on-site to power the landfill and then put additional clean energy megawatts on the power grid.
“It’s truly a great story of sustainability and one that serves as a model for other landfills across the country,” said Jim Little, Senior Vice President of Waste Connections. “The ability to take a disposal facility and turn it into a generator of clean energy is truly amazing.”
With the clean energy power plant in operation, Chiquita Canyon is reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 45,000 tons. From the environmental prospective, the annual green benefits expected from the carbon reduction are equivalent to the following:
- Planting of 83,191 trees;
- Removal of 74,602 automobiles from the road; or
- Conservation of 1,044,960 barrels of oil.