The following is an article published in the March 2015 edition of Our Valley Magazine regarding Chiquita Canyon landfill and our neighbors in Val Verde:
AWARD WINNING CHIQUITA CANYON LANDFILL
The Chiquita Canyon landfill has been quietly serving the Santa Clarita Valley for over 40 years. While operating a landfill is not necessarily a glamorous business, it is an important one for our society. Chiquita Canyon, located off State Route 126 is the final destination for waste from homes within the Santa Clarita Valley.
While recycling rates continue to increase in the Santa Clarita Valley, household waste must go somewhere and residents of the SCV should feel good about their trash being put to good use at Chiquita Canyon.
Chiquita Canyon is home to a 9.2 Mega Watt Clean Energy Facility which converts methane gas from the landfill into green energy. The Clean Energy Facility allows Chiquita Canyon to operate sustainably using energy generated on-site to power the landfill and then put additional clean energy megawatts on the power grid, powering approximately 10,000 homes per year.
“We are very proud to have a state-of-the-art clean energy facility taking a naturally occurring bi-product from the landfill and turning it into a clean source of energy,” said Mike Dean of Chiquita Canyon. “It’s truly a great story of sustainability and one that serves as a model for other landfills across the nation. The ability to take a disposal facility for the community and turn it into a generator of clean energy is truly an amazing way to help give back.”
From the environmental prospective, Chiquita Canyon is reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 45,000 tons, the equivalent of planting of 83,191 trees, the removal of 74,602 automobiles from the road, and the conservation of 1,044,960 barrels of oil.
GIVING BACK TO VAL VERDE
Another core principle of sustainability is giving back to the community where you do business and Chiquita Canyon is no exception.
Just last month, Chiquita Canyon provided its 2015 annual grant of over $350,000 to the Val Verde Community Benefits Funding Committee (CBFC) as part of its 1997 Agreement with Val Verde. The Val Verde community has been receiving annual funds from Chiquita for over 15 years and has more than one million dollars in its account. The CBFC provides funding from the landfill to support after-school programs, tutoring, scholarships, bus passes, groceries for needy families, youth sports programs, etc. all for Val Verde residents.
Also honoring its 1997 agreement with Val Verde, Chiquita provides Val Verde residents quarterly “Free Disposal” days to dump materials at the landfill at no charge.
Chiquita Canyon is widely recognized within its own industry for running a clean, safe facility. Additionally, the company has been locally awarded Business of the Year awards by the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the Castaic Chamber of Commerce and the SCV Leadership Awards.
Chiquita Canyon is a 640-acre landfill located in Castaic, California, approximately 3 miles west of the Interstate 5. Chiquita Canyon provides the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding Los Angeles communities with environmentally safe and efficient waste disposal services.