Environmentalists on hand for closure of Palo Alto landfill

Enid Pearson and Emily Renzel optimistic about future of land

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.

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— Jeff Carr


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Posted by patsummers
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Ok so now where does our trash go? If the city owned trash service is no longer dumping the trash in palo alto. Can we please contract out to BFI or los altos trash service?? I have lived in areas both serviced by BFI and los altos trash service. My bills never even came even close to what Palo alto charges

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Posted by Trash man
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

If Pearson and Renzel wanted a park, all they have to do is drive to Shoreline. It's a landfill park that Palo Alto will never have. It has a lake (will Palo Alto have a lake?) and plenty of places to walk and run. Palo Alto's park will never be as good. Now the city has to ship its garbage to Sunnyvale and eventually move its recycling center again. How about the space next to where the city stores its garbage trucks, next to Baylands Athletic Center. There's a lot of empty property over the left-field fence where a recycling center could be located. Our so-called environmentalists have such a short-sighted view......a park is more important that recycling......and the city of Palo Alto is buying that? If you plan correctly, Palo Alto can have it all.

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