Cal Heights Clean Street team gets rare tour of SERRF

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serrf-recyclingThe 7th District Council Office is hosting a rare tour of the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) at the Port of Long Beach, Wednesday January 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Did you know that the solid waste in the city of Long Beach does not go to a landfill? Instead, it is incinerated at extremely high temperatures at the remarkably efficient, clean waste to energy plant, the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility.

Long Beach, like other Southern California communities, used to truck its solid waste to neighborhoods outside the city for burial in landfills. Closure of a nearby landfill in 1980 led to a realization that Long Beach could no longer rely on the export of its solid waste to other neighborhoods. As a result the city created a source reduction and recycling program to reduce the amount of waste to be managed and to reduce the consumption of natural resources.

This tour will provide a behind-the-scenes look at waste management and recycling in Long Beach.


  • Serrf produces enough electricity to furnish more than 35,000 homes with electrical power.
  • Serrf processes an average 1,290 tons of municipal solid waste each day.
  • Serrf destroys an average 17,000 pounds of law enforcement confiscated narcotics each month.
  • Serrf ash residue is treated and used at a local landfill as road base material.
  • Serrf’s pollution control system removes 99% of hci and 95% of so2 acid gasses.
  • Serrf’s pollution control equipment removes 99.5% of the particulate matter from the gas exhausted.

This trip was planned for members of the Cal Heights Clean Street program but there are a few additional spots available. Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga is extending the invitation to other community leaders who are involved with keeping their neighborhoods clean.

Contact Mark Magdaleno in the 7th District if you would like to attend. Call (562) 570-6139 or email Space is limited so you must RSVP and receive confirmation to ensure entrance.

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