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Register Article on “Taking Out the Trash” for La Pata

The La Pata Gap Closure Project proceeds.  While one crew starts road construction in the center of the gap, another crew works to excavate, move and re-bury trash that lies in the path of the roadway.  The Register describes this process:

Amid heaps of tires, wine bottles, plastics, wood and other decaying, blackened garbage, excavators at the Prima Deshecha Landfill in San Juan Capistrano discovered a 12-foot cement mixer. But mostly tires and wine bottles. Lots and lots of wine bottles.  This is south Orange County’s trash in the days before recycling, buried during the dump’s first years of operation in the late 1970s and now being unearthed to make room for the long-sought 2 1/4 mile La Pata Road extension.

County officials have heard five complaints about odors since the move began and say each causes them to reexamine their operations. They can adjust the size of their loads and the timing of dumps, but in the end, there’s not much they can do other than what they’re already doing. Large metal plates try to block the wind from wafting the odor through the Whispering Hills housing development to the west. They have misters that release a cherry-smelling spray.

Read the whole article here.

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