Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) exists to serve as a liaison between the Chiquita Canyon Landfill and the local community as a means for the community to communicate with the Regional Planning Commission and other regulatory agencies on an ongoing basis regarding issues involved in the development and operation of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.

Chiquita Canyon representatives attend the quarterly meetings of the CAC to provide regular, and timely updates and reports regarding landfill operations as a means to maintain an open line of communications with local leaders and residents.

How do I report odors?

  • Call the Chiquita Canyon Landfill 24 Hour Hotline at (661) 253-5155. This provides the fastest real-time response. Then contact the South Coast Air Quality Management District at (800) 288-7664 and make them aware of the situation. You may also contact the VVCAC at (877) 231-1443 to alert us to any issues.

What type of waste does Chiquita Canyon accept?

  • Chiquita Canyon only accepts Class III non-hazardous solid waste for disposal. The solid waste disposed at the site consists primarily of municipal solid waste (MSW). MSW is typically residential waste (blue curbside container + containers from apartment buildings), along with wastes from business and industry.

What type of monitoring is performed at the Clean Energy Facility?

  • The Clean Energy Facility at Chiquita Canyon is owned and operated by Ameresco, a national power generation company. The clean energy generated at Chiquita Canyon powers approximately 7,000 homes per year. The facility operates under its own air quality permit, issued by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. The facility is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and is staffed and monitored 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The facility has numerous safety controls and monitors, and is routinely maintained and checked by professionally trained personnel and numerous government agencies.

What type of air quality testing is performed at the landfill?

  • Chiquita Canyon complies with the all Federal, State, and local air quality rules and regulations.  Air monitoring is dictated by a number of different rules and regulations set by the Federal EPA, South Coast Air Quality Monitoring District, and Cal Recycle. Monitoring at the landfill is performed by outside consultants who specialize in the testing and reporting, as required by law.


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