Recycling is seen as key. Burrtec’s sorting of recyclables from some trash routes, Waste Management’s residential recycling programs and a new city law that requires recycling of construction materials have helped. Finding a big enough site for the recycling facility that’s away from homes, close to a freeway, in an industrial zone where noise and traffic issues could be avoided has been a challenge for Burrtec, the city’s exclusive commercial waste hauler. Travis Lange, the city’s environmental services manager, said he hopes it’s workable. The Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment appealed in September the city’s approval of the project at Needham, citing grading, visibility from some vantage points, truck trips, oak tree removal, plant surveys, court decisions, air pollution, nearness to a wildlife corridor and water supply safety among the unresolved issues. No formal plans have been submitted yet, but it could take two years for the facility to materialize on the site. Several local projects have been litigated by environmental groups who say water supplies are insufficient, while developers say the underlying issue is often stopping growth. [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A state-of-the-art recycling center stalled by lawsuits from occupying a planned Newhall business park is now envisioned for a site between Newhall and Canyon Country. Opposition lodged by environmental groups spurred the company to seek the rugged 62-acre plot sandwiched between Sierra Highway and the Antelope Valley Freeway. “We’re happy to have an opportunity to present to the city our potential project for their consideration,” said Charles Tobin, director of development for Burrtec Waste Industries. The Santa Clarita City Council in August 2006 approved the environmental report for the 160-acre Needham Ranch industrial park at Newhall’s southern gateway – where the facility was originally planned. The following month, the city’s Planning Commission approved the recycling center plan. Lawsuits filed by environmental groups have delayed the construction of Needham Ranch, whose first occupant was to be the recycling center. The new property combines three adjoining parcels; Burrtec has bought one and expects to close escrow on the other two by the end of June. Tobin declined to disclose the expected cost of the project. The new site is north of Placerita Canyon Road and south of Golden Valley Road. The building’s design on a 13-acre pad has been reconfigured to adapt to the terrain. The land is home to about 160 oak trees, all of which will be preserved, Tobin said. The enclosed facility includes a roughly 178,200-square-foot building, with about 75,000 square feet of space for recycling and about 80,000 square feet for transfer and recycling. A loading dock and offices are to occupy other areas. The city faces a state-mandated goal of diverting 50 percent of trash from landfills. Figures for 2006 are not yet available, but it appears that the city hit 45 percent in 2005.