Chiquita Canyon has been an active community partner throughout the Santa Clarita Valley over the last four decades, with significant support of our local neighbors in Val Verde and Castaic. Chiquita Canyon believes strongly in giving back to the community where we business. We support dozens of organizations through direct contributions, volunteering, fundraising, or sponsoring or participating in educational activities.
All employees at Chiquita Canyon are trained to handle incoming waste in the most environmentally responsible manner. Access to the site is limited to one entrance and all shipments to the landfill are tracked with scales and gate receipts. Incoming waste is visually inspected to ensure that only permitted materials are accepted for disposal. At the end of each working day, the compacted waste is covered to minimize odors. The landfill also has aggressive programs to control dust and litter.
In addition, as a long-time member of the California Adopt-A-Highway Program, we regularly clean up litter along a four-mile stretch of Highway 126 near the landfill. As a community service to Val Verde, we also pick up litter along Chiquito Canyon Road.
In addition to supporting numerous non-profits across the SCV, Chiquita Canyon’s Christmas Promise Bike Build is a Waste Connections annual tradition of providing thousands of bicycles for underprivileged children across the country. Now in its thirteenth year, with the help from partners and local businesses, Christmas Promise Bike Build purchases and assembles bikes each holiday season and donates them to local charities. The build-a-bike program is donating more than 2,000 bicycles this year to organizations throughout the United States. Locally, Chiquita Canyon annually builds and delivers approximately 100 bikes to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita, For the Children and Child & Family Center in Santa Clarita. The bicycles are assembled by landfill employees and their families.
Chiquita Canyon has played an active role, serving on boards and helping support organizations such as the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, SCV Latino Business Alliance, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) and the Los Angeles County Business Federation (LA BizFed).
Chiquita Canyon adopted a 4-mile section of State Route 126 through Santa Clarita in 1998, adjacent to the landfill as a way to give back to the local community by assisting the State of California in maintaining this important section of roadway.