TRASH PROPOSAL LACKING DETAIL BFI TOLD TO REWORK ITS COLLECTION PLAN.
SANTA CLARITA - 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, 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 and wildlife corridor southeast of the junction of the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeways 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 in the Santa Clarita Valley; more details about its diaper-recycling plans; and efforts that will be made for alternative fuel vehicles.
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 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.