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Proposed Canyon Lake garbage disposal fee hike tied to innovative plant

By in Press Enterprise on July 11, 2017

By Michael Williams

An organic waste recycling plant recently opened in Perris by disposal giant CR&R Environmental Services will reduce the amount of trash in landfills by turning food scraps and green waste into natural gas and fertilizer.

Most cities in the region that employ CR&R to pick up residents’ and businesses’ trash already have agreed that the company can charge higher rates to customers for diverting their organic materials to its facility, touted as the largest anaerobic digester in the world.

Canyon Lake City Council members are poised to join their municipal counterparts in signing up for the program when they meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at City Hall, 31516 Railroad Canyon Road.

“It’s very impressive,” Canyon Lake City Manager Aaron Palmer said of CR&R’s plant on Tuesday, “They’ve merged at least three different types of technology together.”

For Canyon Lake to participate, the council will have to agree to let the firm hike monthly fees it charges households by $1.95.

Coupled with a 45 cent increase based on annual inflation and rising landfill costs, Canyon Lake households would pay $22.35 per month for standard service. Commercial, industrial and multifamily complexes also would see higher rates.

Mayor Randy Bonner said he has not received any complaints about the proposed increases and believes the benefit to the environment and reduction of trash flow into landfills will be worth it.

“It all makes so much sense, and we’re going to save money long-term because we’re going to be part of that (system) from the beginning,” he said.

Cities in this region have signed on to what is the first phase of a four-phase $100 million project, with future phases expanding the plant and opportunities to more agencies.

The plant converts organic waste into fertilizer that can be sold and into natural gas that can fuel the company’s trash […]    

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