Environmentalists Seek to Block Landfill Expansion in Petaluma

Redwood Landfill Aerial

Redwood Landfill Aerial

Redwood Landfill, owned by Waste Management of Houston, and a destination point for junk and garbage from Petaluma and Sonoma, is seeking to expand their site by 50%. The state recycling agency, CalRecycle, gave approval to the expansion in 2008, but was halted due to lawsuits filed by an environmentalist group, No Wetlands Landfill Expansion. No Wetlands Landfill Expansion argues that Redwood Landfill is situated on a marsh, home to a number of species, and additional waste would cause sea level to rise putting the surrounding area at risk of flood. A Marin County judge sided with No Wetlands Landfill Expansion, stating Waste Management have failed to “fully analyze the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and health impacts such as acute respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis and asthma.”

“Redwood is owned by Houston-based Waste Management, the largest waste disposal company in the United States. It is also working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.”

Waste Management argues that opponents want to export their waste to another city’s landfill than keep it locally. Waste Management “has also been working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.” The case is now in appellate court and will be addressed next year.

Fast Haul is a proponent of environmental causes while also recognizing the need to find sustainable and responsible solutions for hauling a disposing of unwanted junk and garbage. Fast Haul’s goal with their junk hauling services include minimizing their carbon footprint in Marin, Petaluma, and throughout the Bay Area.

Source: http://petaluma.patch.com/articles/a-mountain-of-garbage

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