Sunshine Canyon Landfill

Updated on March 7, 2017

Recent and Upcoming Activities

The next SCAQMD Hearing Board will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9 a.m.  Click here for the March Hearing Board agenda. NEW
Past Events
On December 15, 2016, the Hearing Board approved an Order for Abatement for Sunshine Canyon Landfill.  For more information, please visit Sunshine Canyon Order for Abatement page.  


Sunshine Canyon Landfill (SCL) is a Class III landfill (i.e., a municipal landfill that is not authorized to accept hazardous waste) owned and operated by Browning Ferris Industries of California, Inc./Republic Services, Inc. in Sylmar, California. 

SCL operations straddle the boundary separating the City of Los Angeles from the County of Los Angeles.  The portion located north of the City-County boundary is described as the "County Landfill" and the portion south of the City-County boundary is described as the "City Landfill."

SCL aerial view

SCL is operated under Solid Waste Facility Permit 19-AA-2000, (PDF) issued to Sunshine Canyon City/County Landfill by CalRecycleLink to external website..  This permit allows the landfill weekly to receive no more than 66,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) for disposal and 6,600 tons of material for beneficial reuse and recycling. Currently the landfill receives 8,300 tons of MSW per day.

The permitted maximum elevation of the waste is 1,904 ft. (MSL) on portions within the “County Landfill” boundary and 2,004 ft. (MSL) on portions within the “City Landfill”. The total permitted area for waste disposal is 363 acres with design capacity of 140,900,000 cubic yards of MSW. The site is estimated to close by 2037.

In addition, SCL operates equipment which emits or controls air pollutants under a Title V Operating Permit (PDF) issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).