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News - July 29, 2011

Around Town

SO LONG, FAREWELL ... After more than 70 years of collecting local trash and dishing out compost, the Palo Alto Landfill closed its gates for the final time on Thursday afternoon. The Baylands facility has been the subject of much intrigue over the past two years, with city officials still undecided on what to do with local yard trimmings in the long haul. Local environmentalists are unlikely to shed any tears for the vast facility, which will soon be converted to parkland. Several planned to mark the occasion by sinking shovels into the dump for the last time on Thursday. But the local dump wasn't always seen as a pariah. According to "Palo Alto: A Centennial History," back in the day the landfill was a "social center of sorts," noxious fumes notwithstanding. "Friends and neighbors hailed one another there, and children who rode with their parents found it a treasure-hunting ground. So did residents rummaging for just the right piece of wood or metal. For some years the dump was the launch site for municipal fireworks." City Manager James Keene said the city has been making significant outreach to businesses and residents to advise them of the landfill's closure. With the dump gone, residents who wish to dispose of their garbage and yard trimmings are asked to bring them to the Sunnyvale Materials and Recovery Station (SMaRT) at 201 Carl Road, Sunnyvale.

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