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City takes next step toward MRF

A selection committee, once formed, will develop list of potential sites

Posted: May 27, 2009 8:42 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2009 4:28 p.m.
 
A list of potential sites for a long-overdue recycling center likely will be presented to the Santa Clarita city council by the end of the year, according to the city's public works director.

On June 9, the council will be asked to approve the members of a site-selection committee, said Robert Newman, director of public works.

Proposed members of the panel include representatives from the Sierra Club; the Castaic, West Ranch and Val Verde town councils; the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce; two City Council members and three open seats selected by the Solid Waste Subcommittee.

Once the council has approved the panel members, Newman said, the group will meet for orientation and discussion of the issues at hand, site tours and formation of a list of possible sites for a materials recovery facility, or MRF.

The City Council approved in February the formation of a site-selection committee for a 170,000-square-foot MRF (pronounced "murf"), to be built by Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.

The city needs the recycling plant in order to meet the state requirement to recycle at least 50 percent of its trash - a mandate that could swell to 75 percent in the coming years.

Newman estimated it will take three to six months to develop a list of potential sites.

While Burrtec would be responsible for constructing and operating the MRF, the city will own the facility.

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