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Panel would select recycling center site

City seeks MRF location

Posted: October 18, 2008 7:58 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
If all goes as planned, up to 20 people will determine a location for Burrtec Waste Inc.’s required materials recovery facility.

During a recent City Council waste diversion subcommittee meeting, the city’s public works staff proposed creating a new site selection committee to aid Burrtec in finding a place to build the facility, known as a MRF, pronounced “murf.”

City Councilwomen Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean agreed to recommend the process to the entire City Council.

A franchise agreement with the city requires Burrtec to develop and operate a MRF to recycle the city’s waste.
There is no location for the large recycling plant, according to City Public Works Director Robert Newman.

During the October meeting, Newman said the city is looking at many properties in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Reading from the proposal, Newman said the goals of the site selection committee would be to “visit existing MRFs to witness the facility in operation,” “listen to and address concerns of the residents” and “establish and prioritize important criteria for site selection.”

Other goals include working with Los Angeles County during the site evaluation process and finding two to three viable locations to construct and operate a MRF for recommendation to the City Council.
The committee would include 15 to 20 members and would have representatives from various town councils, county representatives and other local agencies.

The proposed process of the committee would include eight meetings. During the final meeting, the committee would narrow down the list of plausible locations and then present the findings to the solid waste subcommittee before sending the recommendations to the City Council for a final decision.

The subcommittee anticipates bringing the item to the Santa Clarita City Council after the first of the year.

The idea for a site selection committee comes after Newhall residents waged a “Stop the dump” war against a proposed 170,000-square-foot recycling plant between Placerita Canyon Road and Golden Valley Road in April.

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