Daxon: Talking turkey about the landfill – OCRegister

26November 2020

I wager your Thanksgiving Day supper conversation is about football or Black Friday and not about the proposed operating extension of the Olinda Alpha Land Fill till December 2036 rather of December 2021.

Numerous Brea residents, particularly in neighborhoods off of Valencia Avenue have issues about the landfill and the six-days-a-week parade of trash trucks and particles on Valencia Avenue continuing another 15 years.

Orange County’s other land fills are in Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

However the Bowerman Land Fill in Irvine was just recently harmed by the Silverado fire and stays closed for now. Some of its loads have actually been diverted to the Olinda Alpha Land Fill, which has actually received additional staffing and equipment to accommodate the added waste loads and traffic, said Kevin Gaxiola interactions professional for Orange County Waste and Recycling.

The Olinda Alpha Garbage dump opened in 1960, when just about 8,500 people called Brea their house. At the time, barely anybody lived nearby.

Fast-forward to 2020 when we have approximately 44,000 residents, many living in the Olinda Ranch, Blackstone and La Floresta advancements, rather near to the landfill or Valencia Avenue, the path to it. A number of those residents suffer particles on Valencia, trucks and smells speeding or running traffic signals.

Gaxiola motivates them to use the Neighbor Assistance Website found at the bottom of the oclandfills.com home page for comments or problems. He saidresponses are made within an hour or more.

At a Nov. 12 virtual public details conference for the landfill extension provided by the Orange County Waste and Recycling, about 40 to 50 people tuned in, Gaxiola said. View it at online at oclandfills.com/events/update-olinda-alpha-landfill-closure-date. Public comments are being taken through Dec. 10.

Viewers discovered today landfill elevation is in between 1,300 and 1,350 feet above sea level. At the proposed 2036 closure, the elevation would be a maximum 1,415 feet above sea level, the same as forecasted for the 2021 closure. It is taking longer to fill, said Gaxiola, due to better compaction of settlement, better recycling organics and efforts and food waste being taken in other places.

Can buried waste contaminate Brea’s groundwater? Local strong waste land fills, such as Olinda Alpha Garbage dump, are highly controlled by several agencies, Gaxiola said. The California Regional Water Quality assurance Board manages Brea’s groundwater security and O.C. Waste and Recycling abides by the requirements, he said, consisting of tracking and reporting rules set by the Water Quality Control Board to make sure buried waste does not contaminate Brea’s groundwater.

Brea’s safe and clean water comes from California Domestic Public Utility and Metropolitan Public Utility.

How about a truck road through Tonner Canyon? Don’t count on it for many reasons, consisting of ecological ones. The location is owned by the City of Market and Brea, parts of the canyon are extremely steep, and, said Claire Schotterbeck, executive director of Hills for Everybody, the last price quote to construct it was at least $50 million. It is no longer on the master plan of aerial highways.

Why should Brea continue to host the landfill? According to Brea City Manager Costs Gallardo, Brea receives $1.50/ load for in-county or imported refuse. In 2019, the landfill received 1,233,682 tons from in-county sources and 844,962 tons of imported trash, adding $3 million to Brea’s coffers.

In these challenging times, such profits is extremely crucial, but so is security.

Blackstone resident Mike Cocos has issues about dangerous particles flying off of empty trucks heading down Valencia. He recommends rumble strips to shake off that particles as the trucks leave the landfill and daily street cleaning. Excellent concept.

Goxiola said residents must contact the landfill for particles on Valencia above Santa Fe Roadway; below Santa Fe is the city’s duty.

Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She offers her viewpoint on Brea problems two times a month. Contact her at daxoncomm@gmail.com.Source: ocregister.com

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