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LA Residents Upset that the Chiquita Canyon Landfill Remains Open

Los Angeles residents have delivered a letter asking for the landfill to be closed immediately.

The Chiquita Canyon Landfill in Val Verde, Calif., is Los Angeles County’s second-largest site for burying residents’ waste. And while the State of California has been experiencing shutdowns of recycling centers and landfills, Chiquita Canyon has managed to remain open, which has caused local residents to speak up and deliver a letter to the office of Supervisor Michael Antonovich asking for the landfill to be closed immediately. The residents are concerned about air and water quality in the area near the landfill and the landfill's effects on public health.

The battle between the landfill owner Waste Connections and Val Verde residents first began 20 years ago, when they fought over a proposal to expand the landfill.

The Los Angeles Times has more details:

The town of Val Verde, population 2,468, consists of a smattering of narrow roads and single-family houses nestled among the hills of Chiquita Canyon, and a dump named after that canyon that some nearby residents say needs to be shut down. 

The Chiquita Canyon Landfill is L.A. County’s second-largest site for burying the kitchen waste, packaging and other refuse discarded by residents. Last year, it took in more than a million tons of garbage. 

Six days a week, a steady stream of semi-trucks rumble up and down the roads to the dump’s working face, a colored mosaic of mostly indistinguishable trash. As the trucks tip their waste, metals clank under the roar of Caterpillar bulldozers and compactors with studded steel wheels that push, crush and bury the garbage.

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