Trash Talking Industry

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By John Wiley

"Trash talk" is a form of insult according to Wikipedia, and looking down on this one used to be easy. It was anything but clean decades ago.

Have you seen this small industrial building near town that's earned recognition for its ecological engineering and practices? The second photo shows another building nearby doing different processes. The last pic is an overview of the whole operation that you support by paying for trash pickup.

A couple of days after ours was picked up, we looked down at it but couldn't tell it was there. Having taken the tour out there a few years ago and being impressed even before the brief talk the guide provided, it's almost unrecognizably even cleaner and more efficient now. Kudos to the leadership and crew out there for transforming this from "the dump" into a clean and efficient processing plant!

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John Wiley Sep 16, 2022 12:07 PM
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"Sponge Bob" rock is another landfill neighbor, so maybe that vulture sitting in the small cave was hoping to get a morsel before the landfill crew was able to layer it into the fill. In looking at Ed's pix of that rock, I realized the "cavelet" may have been started by rain eroding around a harder rock (is that called an inclusion?) from the soft sandstone, that then fell out and later rains continued eroding the hole. https://www.edhat.com/news/found-object

John Wiley Sep 16, 2022 11:48 AM
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Trash talk & support both in the comments are nice to see as I get back online after some projects. As pointed out in the rebuttal, trash talking it being unsightly begs the question of alternatives and the contrast between how it looks now vs. back when it was just a stinking pile of *everything* people no longer wanted. It rotted on the surface poisoning wildlife, air, water, and the future of that area. Now it's carefully sorted, contained, and even the methane produced by managed decomposition is harvested and used to offset energy costs. True it's not close to town compared with Elings Park where the "dump" was, yet close enough to minimize transport expense and closer than many other urban centers where nobody wants a landfill in their backyard. There are actually quite a few expensive properties right next to our remarkable landfill, including some new ones. Also some great new hiking trails surrounding it that benefit from the access it affords.

BigDD8 Sep 16, 2022 09:50 AM
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RUSTYDAD: Can't disagree with you about the unsightliness of the landfill nor the costliness of running this operation, but please tell us your better ideas. What is YOUR solution for disposing of our trash? I'll admit that I don't have one, but it sounds like maybe you do--please share.

rustydad Sep 16, 2022 08:11 AM
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This trash "processing plant" is hardly close to town. It is 25 miles out on the Gaviota Coast between two State Parks high above the ocean on a flattened mountain ridgeline. It is the most expensive public works project ever in the County. And it hasn't stopped the ugly landfill from operating and it never will. All it will do is make you pay a lot more for your trash disposal. This project is the epidemy of a government boondoggle.

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