The Junipero Serra Landfill
was a solid waste
disposal site in Colma, California
. The site was closed in 1983 and ultimately developed by commercial land uses, collectively known as the Metro Center
. The original commercial use built on the closed landfill
site was a Home Depot
Inc.retail store and parking lot constructed over 1,348 piles
, each driven approximately deep into the landfill (Bay Area Rapid Transit District, 2006). The site also required the engineering of a landfill gas control system, since, when organic solid waste aerobically decomposes, it produces methane
gas, which are explosive and toxic
in, large concentrations. SCS Engineers was presented an award by the Solid Waste Association of North America
for the design of the closure methane capture system at this landfill. (SCS Engineers, 2002).
The Junipero Serra Landfill is situated on the San Francisco Peninsula in the eastern foothills of the northwest trending Santa Cruz Mountain Range. The foothills and eastern flanks of the range are composed largely of poorly consolidated Pliocene-Quaternary freshwater and shallow marine sediments that include the Colma and Merced Formations. (Earth Metrics, 1989) (Hart, 1985) The Junipero Serra Landfill began operations in the year 1956 and accepted primarily commercial solid wastes.
- Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Virtual art tour on the BART system, 2006
- Earth Metrics Inc., Marc. Papineau, Ballard. George, Jill Buxton et al., Environmental Impact Report for the Metro Center, Colma, California, Report #10062, published by city of Colma Planning Department and the California State Clearinghouse, December, 1989
- Hart, E.W., Fault-Rupture Hazard Zones in California: California Division of Mines and Geology, Special Publication #42 (1985)
- SCS Engineers, Solid Waste Association of North America, 2002