From the Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles' land in Kern County features a red barn and a sign: "Green Acres Farm." The city's website proudly describes the corn, alfalfa and oats that are grown there.
Hey, sounds nice! Except:
[T]he city of Los Angeles ... has been sending up more than 20 truckloads a day of "wet cake" from the Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant near LAX. ...
Most experts say recycled products such as sludge and compost are safe if handled properly. But Kern County officials filed court declarations from scientists who are skeptical. Portland State University engineer Gwynn Johnson, for instance, said research shows that biosolids contain metals, antibiotics and flame retardants, and that more study is needed to determine the implications for "human health and the environment."
Residents tend to focus on the "ick" factor.
Ronald Hurlbert, who owned property near one sludge operation that at one point received waste from Orange County, said the odor was "virtually unbearable (like a well-used bathroom at LAX)," according to a sworn declaration filed in court by Kern County officials.
At issue: Los Angeles' endless supply of solid waste. Not, you know, garbage. Waste. Much of which is shipped north from the city every day into California's agricultural heartland, the Central Valley -- where it is increasingly unwelcome. This is the downside to recycling: Sometimes, no one wants to do (or live near) the dirty work.