Rainbow Disposal Company is an employee-owned solid waste company located in Huntington Beach, California. The company employs more than 300 people and provides residential collections for about 70,000 homes in the vicinity, as well as collections for commercial entities such as apartments, businesses and industrial customers. The 20-acre Rainbow facility also provides for public dumping and household hazardous waste disposal. Within the facility, it also operates a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station.
Typically, waste is collected at residences, restaurants and other commercial sites and transported to the Rainbow facility.Waste is first dumped into a transfer station, where it is conveyed to the MRF where the recyclables are recovered. The green waste is transferred to the green waste dumping area and transported later to off-site facilities.
The Rainbow facility is in a close urban environment. A constant on-shore breeze from the nearby Pacific Ocean could send odors generated inside the facility directly to nearby neighbors. And the warm Southern California climate exacerbates the odor problem. Besides the understandable desire to be a good neighbor to local residents and businesses, Rainbow also wanted to ensure a comfortable work environment for its employees.