To further reduce dependence on landfilling and meet State law requirements to achieve maximum diversion of waste from landfills, the Board of Directors adopted three-year Strategic Plan Goals, one of which is to “Select and Implement Facilities and Programs that Lead to Achievement of at Least 75% Waste Diversion”. The current six-month strategic objectives (Jan 2017 – July 2017) include conducting an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Long-Term Facility Needs Study (Project).
The Project will evaluate a permanent solid waste transfer station and materials recovery center in the Salinas area to replace the existing facility. Various sites are being considered including the existing Sun Street facility or redirection to the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD). SVR’s Citizen Advisory Group provided a recommendation on the facility siting in 2014.
The Project includes all SVR’s current public services and programs, and possible space to support a potential public/private partnership with Global Organics Energy (GOE) to develop a “Clean Fiber & Organics Recovery System” previously referred as the Autoclave Project.
The Project would allow SVR to implement State law requirements to increase diversion activities and would help SVR meet its objectives to:
- Reduce the amount of garbage being disposed of at the Johnson Canyon landfill;
- Increase recycling and reuse activities;
- Decrease Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by minimizing haul distances and miles travelled; and
- Minimizing land use conflicts and environmental impacts while continuing to provide recycling and disposal services to Salinas Valley communities.
SVR will be holding Public Information Meetings in May 2017 to receive community feedback and comments about the Project and the various sites being studied.
For more information about the Project and a listing of Public Information Meetings:
Notice of Preparation for the Long-Term Facility Needs Project- Spanish Summary
Public Outreach Information