Eagle Rock residents feel dumped on by proposed landfill expansion

A hauling truck heads up Scholl Canyon Road to landfill. The route is located next to homes in the 7600 block of Figueroa Street.


EAGLE ROCK — Seeking a quiet place to live where they could send their kids to neighborhood schools, Ryan and Allison Turner moved from Echo Park this February to a dead-end street with only a few suburban-style homes located a short walk from the landmark Eagle Rock. The 7600 block of N. Figueroa Street, however, is not always that quiet, the Turners discovered.

On a regular basis, dump and hauling trucks that pull off the nearby 134 Freeway on their way to the Scholl Canyon Landfill in neighboring Glendale make a wrong turn and rumble up on the Turner’s street. Ryan Turner said he sees about six hauling trucks go by a day if he’s not at work.

The Turners and their neighbors on Figueroa Street are among the Eagle Rock residents who stand to face the biggest impact from plans by the City of Glendale to expand the 535-acre dump and keep it open beyond 2021, when the landfill is expected to reach capacity and close. Despite protests, Glendale officials are continuing to push a plan to increase the landfill’s height by more than 10% and keeping it open for another 13 to 19 years, according to L.A. Now.

Though the Turners are are happy with their home, they said they may have considered moving to a different place if they had known that the landfill might stay open years longer than expected.

“The public counts on (officials) to keep the agreement,” said Allison Turner of the existing plan to close the dump in 2021. “What’s the point if you don’t keep the agreement? Plus, we have kids and I worry about their future.”

Local leaders, including Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, have voiced opposition to the landfill’s expansion, saying that the frequency of garbage trucks whizzing by has damaged neighborhood streets. Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council President David Greene has also claimed that Glendale city officials are simply trying to get more money from the landfill.

Down the street from the Turners, five-year Eagle Rock resident Doria said she thinks “too many” trucks go by her home and stop by briefly on her street each day. To her, the hauling trucks are one of the few imperfections of the street.

“It’s a great area,” she said. “But when the trucks come, they ruin it.”

Trucks coming and going from Scholl Canyon dump.

View Neighbors of Scholl Canyon Landfill in a larger map

The dump trucks wind between the landmark Eagle Rock and homes on the 7600 block of N. Figueroa Street.

Amanda Schallert is a fourth-year UCLA student and the news editor at the Daily Bruin.

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  1. Oy vey. Readers should know that José Huizar, and everyone in Eagle Rock who cares about this issue, are not upset that “the frequency of garbage trucks whizzing by has damaged neighborhood streets.” That’s a canard thrown up by the Glendale City Council to try and minimize/ridicule the opposition to the dump expansion. (Unfortunately, Amanda has fallen for it.) Rather, we’re concerned that a giant stinking mountain of garbage will be built in our front yard, and that diesel exhaust from the 700 tons of garbage going into the dump daily, via Eagle Rock, will give our kids asthma and cancer. How’s that for burying the lede? If you really want to know more about this issue, start here: http://tinyurl.com/kv8hc3v

  2. Here’s an idea. Why not measure the amounts of trash (vs. recyclables and green waste) produced in different areas of Los Angeles county and put the landfills in the communities that produce the most trash?

  3. P.S. I should have said “the most trash PER CAPITA,” so inner-city residents won’t get shafted once again.

  4. While I agree the dump should not be extended or the entrance moved to GlenOaks (up past the golf course), this is the same as someone moving next to an airport and complaining about the planes. If you are going to invest in a house you need to research the area you are moving to. Many people are jumping the gun on 41 zip code.

    That street is quite narrow, I find it doubtful a dump truck would try to go all the way down it., and I am sure the roar of the 134 overhead is quite peaceful.

    • Hey Dormilona – why SHOULDN’T the entrance be moved to GlenOaks up past the golf course?
      If it was – PROBLEM SOLVED!

    • @Juan – Please click the link in my previous comment. No one in Eagle Rock is complaining that the dump exists. We’re fighting against an underhanded attempt by the City of Glendale to extend the dump’s lifespan — for the 2nd or 3rd time — by a couple decades or more past its scheduled closing date, via their request to create a garbage mountain on top of the current canyon landfill. Most of the trash that goes into Scholl Canyon comes from places other than Glendale — like South Pasadena, and La Crescenta — and they pay millions of dollars a year to Glendale for the privilege. That’s what this is all about.

  5. Ya sorry , bad planning ..
    Being an l.a native , i would have never purchased on that street or in that area.
    I wish you luck with that.

  6. Guess you guys missed the part about THE LANDFILL WAS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE? or the fact that Glendale trash is being hauled through a Los Angeles neighborhood?

  7. I looked at a house on that stretch of Figueroa about three years ago. My big concern with the area was the proliferation of RVs lined up the street with people living out of them, it didn’t seem very safe. The 134 and landfill were a close second.

  8. Oh no!! The poor residents must endure a whopping SIX trucks going by their houses EACH AND EVERY DAY?! How on Earth do they manage to live with such agonizing noise, traffic and disruption to their otherwise peaceful, rural lifestyles??? Oh wait, this is a city, and a city has traffic. Too bad these residents didn’t bother to do research before they bought their homes. No sympathy at all – you CHOSE to buy a house there (and probably got it for less than other comparable homes due to the proximity to the dump) so you must deal with your own decisions. Don’t like it? Should have bought a place in the desert of Kern County, where you won’t have to deal with 6 trucks a day going by your home.

  9. Not to mention these homes are within a few hundred feet of a major FREEWAY. As if a few trucks a day is anything compared to hundreds of thousands of trucks and cars whizzing by at 65+ mph every single minute of every single day.

  10. Here’s an idea, let Glendale do whatever it wants with its garbage dump by closing off access via Eagle Rock and forcing them to use Glendale roads. Let the Glendale residents off of Glenoaks and Scholl Canyon have the benefits and negative impacts of operating a mountain landfill. Let the Glendale city officials deal with the repercusions by having Glendale residents/voters holding them responsible for their decisions.

  11. This site accepts:

    Clean dirt with the exception of dirt from bottom dump trucks. Dirt loads from bottom dump trucks are prohibited at Scholl Canyon Landfill. Please call at (818) 243-9779, to obtain more detailed information on the Sanitation Districts’ criteria for accepting clean dirt at this landfill.
    Clean asphalt.
    Greenwaste loads at a reduced rate.

  12. The best and most realistic solution I’ve heard proposed yet is the idea to run the trucks through Glendale on Colorado Blvd. and then route them along the length of Hill Drive through Eagle Rock to the dump. That way Glendale constituents would have to notice and complain about the trucks and running them along Hill Drive would only potentially bother people on Hill Drive which is currently totally underused for how wide a street it is. The more Glendale people have to live with the trucks the more likely the dump will close sooner rather than later.

    • Why would you take the trucks off of the freeway and route them along a street that was just repurposed to improve bicycle and pedestrian options, and then through a residential neighborhood? Not only is that a terrible idea, but you can bet that the people on Hill Drive are well-financed enough to stop that idea quick. Those streets were not designed to take constant truck traffic, on top of the increased fuel and traffic costs from all of those trucks idling at lights, creating potholes, etc. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    • Seems like some Glendale residents have joined the conversation. Welcome!

      @Taxpayer: I’m guessing you’re either a Glenoaks resident, or an opinion editor at the Glendale News Press, the mouthpiece for the pro-dumpers. 700 tons of garbage per day / 5 tons per truck (avg.) = 140 trucks per day. When I’ve been out on Figueroa, near the Eagle Rock monument, it’s about 1 truck per minute, during mid-morning hours. But that’s just an estimate. (Certainly more than 6 per day.) Also, see the article: It’s not about the fact that the dump exists, it’s that Glendale is trying to keep it open way beyond its announced closing date.

      @bicurious: Trash was originally supposed to go through Glenoaks canyon when the dump was built, I believe; if you go up to Scholl Canyon park and golf course now, you can see how the street is improved to handle the trucks, and the (unused) gate they’re supposed to go into. But smart Glendale residents nixed that long ago, at a time when Eagle Rock was not as politically active or empowered as it is now. Punishing E.R. further is not the answer. My favorite solution is to block Figueroa with K-rails, and hand incoming truck drivers a fresh cup of coffee, and a map to the dump via the 134 and Glenoaks canyon. Do that, and this dispute would be resolved within 48 hours.

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