Trent Kerth/Special to The Explorer, The landfill is closing for two reasons: it cannot safely expand upward, and horizontal expansion is ruled out because of its proximity to a flood plain.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Self-employed landscaper Rafael Elias rakes out trimmings from his trailer at the Tangerine Landfill. When the landfill closes next year, area residents will have to use the transfer stations at Ryan Airfield or in Catalina, miles away.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Wayne Stover empties his garbage-filled truck at the Tangerine Landfill near Interstate 10 and Tangerine Road. The landfill will close to the general public in early 2009, as it nears capacity.