Former Palo Alto City Council members Enid Pearson and Emily Renzel aided crews by shoveling dirt onto the last exposed portion of the Palo Alto landfill Thursday (July 28). Hours later, the landfill closed for good.
The two longtime conservationists are leading the charge to see the landfill reverted back into parkland, which has been in the works for decades. The closure of the landfill was initially planned for the 1960s but the rise of recycling prolonged the life of the site significantly.
Despite the landfill's closure, the struggle for the land's conservation is far from over. The city continues to explore the option of constructing a new composting facility on the site. The issue is slated to go to a citywide vote in November. Meanwhile, the Recycling Center at 2380 Embarcadero Road will remain open, and residents may unload excess garbage at the Sunnyvale SMaRT Station at 301 Carl Road.
Pearson and Renzel expressed joy about the day's events and optimism about the land's future.
"There were 44 landfills around the bay, and this is the last one. It's a great day," Pearson said.
"People will now have the true experience of what this is supposed to be," Renzel added.