Officially closed on October 31st, 2013, the Puente Hills Landfill, located just south of the 60 freeway near Hacienda Heights on the south side of the San Gabriel Valley, has sat largely untouched over the past two years. Gone are the garbage trucks that carried an average of 7,500 tons of household waste, per day, to the landfill. As LA County seeks to divert 80% of its waste from landfills by 2025, half of what used to go to Puente Hills is now sent to Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) opening up across the state, while the other half still ends up in landfills, just outside of LA County in cities such as Victorville, Rialto, Corona, and Redlands.
But what to do with the mountain of trash that has been left behind?
One future use that has already been confirmed is power generation. As the trash settles and biodegradables decompose, the methane gas created is being captured to make electricity, approximately 50 megawatts a day, enough to power approximately 70,000 homes.
Over the next decade this process is expected to shift and settle the land atop the 630-acre formal landfill dozens of feet, making the construction of sports fields, permanent structures, and similar uses unfeasible at this time. The question remains what uses shall be put in place in the interim.
Among the options currently being studied are multi-use trails, recreational facilities, open space, habitat restoration, and wildlife corridors connecting existing canyons and natural areas in the Puente-Chino Hills.
LA County's First Bike Park?
- Woodward Bike Park, Fresno, CA
- Stafford Lake Bike Park, Novato, CA
- Riverbend Bike Park, Lompoc, CA
- McLaren Bike Park, San Francisco, CA
- Scotts Valley Bike Park, Santa Cruz, CA
- Aptos Pump Track, Aptos, CA
Wednesday September 30 (6:30-8:30pm)
PRESENTATION OF ALTERNATIVE PARK CONCEPTS
Hacienda Heights Community Center
1234 Valencia Ave.
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Tuesday November 3 (6:30-8:30pm)
PRESENTATION OF FINAL DRAFT PARK CONCEPT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR) SCOPING SESSION
Wallen L. Andrews Elementary School
1010 S Caraway Dr.
Whittier, CA 90601
Wednesday January 27 (6:30-8:30pm)
PRESENTATION OF FINAL PARK CONCEPT
Don Julian Elementary School
13855 Don Julian Rd.
La Puente, CA 91746
More info: www.puentehillslandfillpark.org