Community Engagement

With our commitment to sustainability comes a commitment to be a good neighbor in the communities in which we live and work. Our top priority at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill is to build strong, collaborative relationships through ongoing communication with residents living in neighborhoods surrounding the landfill. By sharing information about the Sunshine Canyon Landfill we hope to engage community residents to become involved in the planning and decision-making process of the region’s waste disposal plans.

Sunshine Canyon Landfill is a vital component of the region’s waste disposal infrastructure to meet the needs of roughly 13 million residents and businesses throughout Los Angeles County. Despite best efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, certain items cannot be repurposed and must be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. Sunshine Canyon Landfill provides an environmentally responsible, safe and secure disposal option for materials that are not recycled.

Our staff of experts is available to present at meetings, citizen groups, schools and businesses, to educate the general public about waste reduction and recycling opportunities. We host and participate in community events to explain what we do and answer questions about our operations.

Understanding the Unintended Consequences of the Order of Abatement at Sunshine Canyon Landfill

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) proposed order of abatement regarding operations at Sunshine Canyon Landfill has created a public debate over the plan’s effectiveness, as well as the unintended consequences it would create for other communities.

Whether you are opposed to landfills in general, feel there are better ways to manage the region’s waste stream or support the current infrastructure for waste disposal, the following information has been developed to answer questions and provide insights into the unintended consequences that the order of abatement would have on our neighbors at Sunshine Canyon Landfill, as well as residents surrounding other area landfills.


The Sunshine Canyon Landfill is under the jurisdiction of several agencies that have regulatory authority over odor emissions, including:

  • Sunshine Canyon Landfill Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) certified by the State Waste Board (now Cal Recycle)
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal Recycle)

Review our factsheets to learn more about the Sunshine Canyon Landfill, its operations and the best practices in place that helps us be good neighbors.

Sunshine Canyon Landfill Best Practices  (136 kB / PDF)
Sunshine Canyon Landfill Odor Mitigation Practices (138 kB / PDF)
Alternate Odor Sources Around Sunshine Canyon Landfill (2 MB / PDF)
Sunshine Canyon Landfill Compliance with Order of Abatement (141 kB / PDF)
Sunshine Canyon Landfill Unintended Consequences (338 kB / PDF)
Sunshine Canyon Analysis of Complaints ( 216 kB / PDF)

Media Clips

Los Angeles Daily News – August 16, 2016
LA’s largest landfill objects to limits as odor, gases upset neighbors

Santa Clarita Valley Signal News – August 26, 2016
Proposal creates a potential diversion of refuse to Chiquita Canyon Landfill

Sunshine Canyon Landfill Facility Tours

Tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Resources You May Find Helpful

Sunshine Canyon Landfill provides up-to-date resources and other important materials that may help answer questions regarding the facility.

Response to Petition for Order of Abatement


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