The Santa Barbara County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors recently approved a revised $130 million resource-recovery project for the Tajiguas Landfill, which includes the addition of two facilities. The first facility will sort recyclables and organic waste from trash, and the second facility will convert organic waste into compostable materials and biogas to be used to generate electricity.
While the supervisors voted in favor of the project, opponents are claiming it’s financially irresponsible and that it won’t benefit the community.
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The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a contentious revised resource-recovery project planned for implementation at the Tajiguas Landfill that opponents claim is financially irresponsible and won’t benefit the community.
“This is a crazy amount of money, and who is going to pay for it? Our kids,” said Nancy Black, who sits on the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, but told the board she was speaking as a mom. “I think we could do much better with far less.”
The project’s price tag has recently jumped from an estimated $111 million to more than $130 million, with construction to be financed through 20-year bonds issued by the county.