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County Sanitation Districts spokesmen Sam Pedroza explains the new truck-train transfer method while over looking the waste by rail facility at the Puente Hills Landfill in North Whittier on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2011.
County Sanitation Districts spokesmen Sam Pedroza explains the new truck-train transfer method while over looking the waste by rail facility at the Puente Hills Landfill in North Whittier on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2011.

For more than two decades, local trash engineers have been planning for the day when the Puente Hills Landfill near Hacienda Heights would close, and thousands of tons of municipal garbage would ride the rails to Imperial County.But the $450 million trash train, also known as waste-by-rail, is being derailed by a sluggish economy. The dream of San Gabriel Valley cities seeing all their stinking garbage leave the Valley for a landfill in the middle of nowhere is likely to be postponed, officials at the county Sanitation Districts said last week. Continue reading