Chiquita Canyon, an innovative local business that is home to a 9.2 megawatt clean energy facility, continued its legacy as a good neighbor by helping make the holiday season a little brighter for children at the Child & Family Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. Dozens of bicycles that were assembled by landfill employees and their families over the weekend were delivered today to the Child & Family Center and tomorrow morning to the Boys & Girls Club, as part of Waste Connection’s 16th Annual Christmas Promise Bike Build program.
“Chiquita Canyon is always honored and excited to constantly support and contribute to our local nonprofits,” said Steve Cassulo, District Manager of Chiquita Canyon. “There is no greater feeling than watching the children receive these gifts, and even more, seeing their faces and excitement because for some it is their first bike.”
Christmas Promise Bike Build is a Waste Connections annual tradition of providing thousands of bicycles for underprivileged children across the country. Now in its sixteenth year, with the help from partners and local businesses, Christmas Promise Bike Build purchases and assembles bikes each holiday season and donates them to local charities. The build-a-bike program is donating more than 2,000 bicycles this year to organizations throughout the United States.
Locally, Chiquita Canyon built and delivered 40 bikes to the Child & Family Center today and 20 more bikes to the Boys and Girls Club will be delivered tomorrow, just in time for the holiday season. These organizations are invaluable nonprofit community organizations which help build a healthy Santa Clarita Valley by providing to children, adults and families.
“The Boys & Girls Club is extremely grateful for the continued support of Chiquita Canyon,” said Boys & Girls Club CEO Matt Nelson. “This Club relies on the community and its support, and Chiquita Canyon has done just that to help us proudly support the children of this Valley.”
About Chiquita Canyon
Chiquita Canyon is located in Castaic, California, approximately 3 miles west of the Interstate 5 on State Route 126 in the Santa Clarita Valley. It has been in continuous operation for more than 40 years and is owned and operated by Waste Connections, an integrated solid waste services company. Chiquita Canyon provides the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding Los Angeles communities with environmentally safe and efficient waste disposal services.
Chiquita Canyon, like other solid waste landfills, over time generates a greenhouse gas, methane, which can be safely converted into a valuable source of clean energy. Chiquita deploys a gas recovery system to collect methane which is then used to generate clean energy for nearly 10,000 homes each year.