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TRASH PROPOSAL LACKING DETAIL BFI TOLD TO REWORK ITS COLLECTION PLAN.



Byline: Kathleen Sweeney Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country,  - City officials sent Browning Ferris Industries back to the drawing board Friday after reviewing a more detailed proposal for its trash collection service, saying it still didn't contain enough information.

In the estimated $10 million proposal, Allied/BFI outlined how its service could save residents about 20 percent in collection costs by cutting the current rate from $22.13 a month to $17.70, and offering customers over 62 a 12 percent savings.

It guaranteed ample landfill capacity to the city of Santa Clarita at its Sunshine Canyon facility, and promised the donation of Elsmere Canyon property. If the city agreed to sign a 20-year contract with BFI BFI - brute force and ignorance , the company would transfer the title to 800 of the 1,100 acres to the city with no strings attached.

Six years ago, city officials and residents successfully fought plans to build a dump in Elsmere Canyon, a watershed watershed, elevation or divide separating the catchment area, or drainage basin, of one river system or group of river systems from another system or group of systems. The term is also often used synonymously with drainage basin.  and wildlife corridor southeast of the junction of the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeways The Antelope Valley Freeway is a freeway in Los Angeles and Kern counties in southern California. It is signed as California State Highway 14 along its length. It connects Greater Los Angeles to the rapidly developing Antelope Valley.  and across from the junction from Sunshine Canyon.

``We haven't evaluated it,'' said Jeffrey Lambert, director of planning and building services. ``There is still more information that we are asking that they provide.''

Part of that information includes a map of Elsmere Canyon, detailing what part of the property the city would acquire.

Officials also want BFI to disclose the company's performance record and diversion rates in other cities; a marketing budget that would encourage more recycling recycling, the process of recovering and reusing waste products—from household use, manufacturing, agriculture, and business—and thereby reducing their burden on the environment.  in the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. ; more details about its diaper-recycling plans; and efforts that will be made for alternative fuel vehicles Alternative fuel vehicle

Conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel are gradually being replaced by alternative fuels such as gaseous fuels (natural gas and propane), alcohol (methanol and ethanol), and hydrogen.
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BFI did discuss its plan to eliminate inequities for businesses by offering the current waste collection rate and to provide a single rate for each level of service.

It will enhance the recycling program by collecting co-mingled items, and in a single container, except diapers. It also has plans for an on-site compost compost, substance composed mainly of partly decayed organic material that is applied to fertilize the soil and to increase its humus content; it is often used in vegetable farming, home gardens, flower beds, lawns, and greenhouses.  area for green and food waste.

The City Council must make a decision by March 15, before current contracts with Santa Clarita/Blue Barrel Disposal and Atlas Disposal Co. expire.

Lambert said he expects a revised proposal by the end of next week. Officials will then give it to interested parties, including environmentalists, county officials and other trash haulers, before presenting the proposal to the City Council on March 13.
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