Committee to be formed to help pick a site for materials
After a much public outcry over a previously proposed site
for a materials recovery facility in Santa Clarita, the City has decided to
form a committee tasked with finding a more suitable location for the plant,
which would sift through all of our garbage and remove recyclables.
The following is a plan released by the City that details
the selection and formation of the special committee.
What’s Happening with the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
in Santa Clarita?
As part of their waste contract for business and commercial
waste services in the City of Santa Clarita, Burrtec Waste Inc. is required to
build a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the Santa Clarita Valley. This task has proven to be difficult, especially
with regard to the site selection portion.
At the request of the City Council, the City’s Public Works staff
drafted a public process for the selection of a new committee that will help
the City Council select that site. The
recommended process will involve a new Site Selection Committee of 15-20
members to accomplish this task.
Solid Waste Sub-Committee and City Councilmembers Laurene
Weste and Marsha McLean both agreed to recommend to the full City Council a
process to include the community by creating a new Site Selection Committee to
help select a site for the Valley’s MRF.
The Sub-Committee will bring the item to the Santa Clarita City Council
for consideration after the first of the year.
The process outlined by the Sub-Committee provides for the
new Site Selection Committee to be facilitated by Robert Newman, Public Works
Director, and to include representation from a wide variety of interested
parties to include a representative from: Val Verde, Castaic Town Council, West
Ranch Town Council, Canyon Country Advisory Committee, Saugus Action Committee,
Newhall Redevelopment Committee, Valencia area representative, SCV Chamber of
Commerce, Sierra Club, two Santa Clarita City Councilmembers, L.A. County 5th
District, L.A. County Public Works and four open seats to be selected by the
Solid Waste Sub-Committee.
The goals of the City’s MRF Site Selection Committee will be
to educate members about the MRF, the City’s requirements for mandated
diversion, and provide an overview of where the City has been with regard to
the MRF site selection. The Committee
will visit other MRF operations, listen to and address the concerns of
residents, as well as help establish and prioritize important criteria for the
site selection. The Committee will also
be charged with working closely with L.A. County on the evaluation process and
provide two or three viable locations for the MRF to recommend to the City
Council next summer.
A series of eight meetings have been outlined to provide a
process for the new Committee. The meeting
agendas will include an orientation, site visits to other MRF’s, brainstorming,
a site selection criteria and prioritization process, narrowing down potential
sites based upon criteria and presentation to the City Council on the
For additional information regarding the MRF Site Selection
Committee, please contact Robert Newman, Public Works Director, at 661-284-1429.