Planning Commission to Review Design Changes for Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project

On August 30, 2017, County Plannig Commission will review proposed changes to the design of the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project (TRRP).

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Click here to review the BIOMASS Magazine Article on the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Hearing on the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project has not yet been set but will happen in early 2016
The date of hearing has not yet been determined but will be posted after January 15, 2016. The purpose of the hearing is to consider approval of the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Porject and to certify the Final Subsequent EIR. For additional information, please contact Joddi Leipner, Senior Environmental Planner at (805) 882-3614 or Read More
County Planning Commission to Review the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project for Consistency with the General Plan
A hearing will be held by the County Planning Commission on Jaunary 6, 2016 to determine if the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project, proposed to be located atthe Tajiguas Landfill (AP Nos. 081 150 026, -019 and -042, located at 14470 Calle Real, in the Gaviota area, Third Supervisorial District), is in conformance with (complies with the policies of) the County's Comprehensive General Plan. Read More
Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Is Released
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Board of Supervisors to Consider Approval of the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project at the Taiguas Landfill on July 12, 2016
The Board of Supervisors will consider approval of the Tajuguas Resource Recovery Project and certification of the proposed Final Subsequent EIR on July 12, 2016 at the Board of Supervisor's Hearing Room, in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building at 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria, California. Read More
Resource Recovery Project Begins Environmental Review

Today (11/13/2012), the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved private consulting contracts that formally begin the environmental review of the Resource Recovery Project which would increase recycling, provide compost, generate green energy and reduce future greenhouse gas emissions related to the management of the communities’ solid waste.

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Santa Barbara debates Conversion Technology

THE DAILY SOUND:  By NICK C. TONKIN · June 20, 2012 ·

The Santa Barbara City Council began its first day pondering the use of a new technique to reduce landfill waste.

At the first of a two-part workshop yesterday the council heard about the benefits of new composting technology known as Anaerobic Digestion or AD. City environmental services manager Matt Fore said the method, which utilizes a special facility to extract biogases from organic waste, could be a much more cost efficient way of reducing garbage going through the Tajiguas landfill.


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Santa Barbara to talk turning trash into energy today

THE DAILY SOUND:  By Cody Brumbaugh · June 19, 2012

When City officials meet today and Thursday, they will be discussing a vast waste management process that would extend the life of a landfill, create clean energy and reduce greenhouse gasses.

A new plant at the Tajiguas Landfill would be constructed to use anaerobic digestion of materials to create heat and convert that to energy thus reclaiming wasted resources.

“It’s the equivalent of taking 22,000 cars off the road,” said Matt Fore, the city’s environmental services manager. “It generates a Kilowatt of clean energy that would power the plant leaving the remaining power to go out to the grid and could power up to 800 homes.”

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Santa Barbara Independent October 31, 2011

Vendor Picked in Gas-for-Trash Scheme

Anaerobic Digester Gets Nod as Conversion Technology for Tajiguas Landfill Project
By Jonathan Laird, Nick Welsh
Monday, October 31, 2011

After years of talking, scheming, and dreaming about fitting the Tajiguas Landfill with an ambitious trash-to-energy conversion technology, Santa Barbara County trash czars have settled on a plan that will generate less political opposition than competing technologies that pack more diversionary punch. They've also settled on a development team of businesspeople out of San Luis Obispo County —Mustang Renewable Power Ventures. Fueling the push for this new energy technology is an abiding concern that the permitted dumping space left at the landfill — which handles most of the South Coast's trash — is rapidly being filled up. While the technology chosen, anaerobic digestion, will extend the lifespan of the landfill significantly less than its main rival — gasification — it faces far fewer political hurdles. 10-31-2011.pdf Independent 10-31-2011.pdf  57.78 KB  


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Establishing a Resource Recovery Park at Tajiguas Landfill

This fall, the County of Santa Barbara Department of Public Works in partnership with the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Buellton and Solvang, will be proposing a comprehensive resource recovery park that will address the challenges of managing our community’s waste and completely change the way we operate the Tajiguas Landfill. Since the Tajiguas Landfill was last expanded in 2002, the County Public Works staff has been looking into alternatives to landfilling. This Resource Recovery Park proposal is a culmination of research that has included two feasibility studies, a request for proposals, a proposal review process and a comprehensive public outreach effort that has included over 80 presentations to stakeholders over the past five years.

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Four Companies Submit Proposals to Provide Trash to Energy Conversion Technology

After a three year process including the development of a feasibility report, extensive public outreach, and an extensive request for proposal (RFP) process, four companies have submitted formal proposals to build and operate a conversion technology facility to process solid waste currently being disposed at the Tajiguas Landfill. Press Release 2010 07 12.pdf CT Press Release 2010 07 12.pdf  24.11 KB  

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County seeks ways to convert waste to energy

Valley Journal, February 21-February 27, 2008
by India Allen, Staff Writer

Santa Barbara County could soon be giving new meaning to "Living Green" with its latest efforts to find new ways of converting solid waste into sustainable energy.

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Trash to energy: The time is now

Santa Barbara News Press
Opinion: Trash to energy: The time is now
January 27, 2008

It's been six years now that we've been discussing on these pages the need for local government officials to get serious about turning trash into energy.  Read more. (link to article)

County Considers Solid Waste Conversion Alternatives - Noozhawk
In an effort to curtail the amou?nt of trash that gets dumped at the Tajiguas Landfill, Santa Barbara County’s Public Works Department is looking at ways to process the waste before it gets buried.

“Since 1990 our population has gone up 18 percent,” said Mark Schleich, Public Works’ deputy director. “But our waste generation has gone up 54 percent.”

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Leaders to move forward with Tajiguas project - October 15, 2007
A potential waste conversion facility at Tajiguas Landfill will be up for discussion by both Santa Barbara city leaders and the County Board of Supervisors tomorrow as they decide on moving forward with a feasibility study of the project. ?? Read More
Juicing the Dump - March 8, 2007

?High Tech Plan to Convert Garbage to Electricity Gets Nod 

It was one of those weird, mysterious moments when players accustomed to butting heads and locking horns stumbled accidentally into a state of agreement that could add decades to the life of the South Coast’s landfill, produce enough clean energy to power 3,000 households, keep methane out of the atmosphere, and increase recycling and diversion by about 75 percent. Read More

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