Cold Canyon landfill needs to expand

The Cold Canyon landfill south of San Luis Obispo is running out of room and its owners have set in motion plans to expand by 46 acres.

The existing site has 100 acres for the landfill and uses another 20 for the green waste and sort facility. The operator, Cold Canyon Landfill, estimates the landfill will run out of room in five to seven years.

Expanding into the new area could take a few years, said John McKenzie of the county Planning Department. McKenzie said “numerous variables …could slow it down.” Nevertheless, it is possible, he added, that the proposal could go before the Planning Commission by summer 2008.

“Certain aspects, such as the sort facility expansion, or additional types of green waste to be accepted, or entrance realignment, could occur shortly after approval,” he wrote in an email to The Tribune.

A draft environmental impact report is circulating, and the county is looking for citizens’ thoughts by May 21. McKenzie says to direct comments to or send them to him at 976 Osos St., room 300, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408.

To find the environmental initial study go to the Planning Department’s website at