Prima Deshecha Landfill

This portion of Prima Deshecha Canyon, with ocean views above Capistrano Beach, is slowly being filled in with trash from the households and industries of Orange County. Though the two other major dumps in the county (at Sand Canyon and at Brea) currently receive more waste, they are running out of room. The Prima Deshecha Landfill is larger in area than both, and is expected to operate for decades. Paying scavengers at the dump collect some of the waste as it comes in, and return much of the saleable material to Mexico. Methane is collected from a network of buried pipes, and fuels a power plant at the landfill.