City Council to consider plan to reduce landfill waste

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zero wasteSAN DIEGO — A plan to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills in San Diego, and eventually stop it altogether, will be presented to the City Council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee Wednesday afternoon.

City staff are proposing the zero waste initiative because the Miramar Landfill is running out of space, and because the state is requiring that 75 percent of waste be diverted from landfills by 2020. The diversion rate in San Diego in 2012 was 68 percent — almost unchanged over three years, according to city documents.

The plan also would have the city divert all waste from landfills by 2040 through conservation, recycling and composting.    In California, 15 cities and several large corporations have zero waste policies, according to a staff report.

The report proposes a multi-pronged approach, including expanding recycling of yard waste, developing infrastructure to divert food waste, developing regulations to support the initiative, and changing funding resources for recycling programs.

The city’s Environmental Services Department says the Miramar Landfill is slated to close in 2022, though increased diversion could keep the facility operating longer.

Council members will be asked to approve the objectives of the initiative. City staff would develop the plan in detail and bring it back to the committee next spring.

The committee tomorrow is also scheduled to receive an update on planning for the yearlong celebration of the centennial of Balboa Park, and an update on development of a plan to deal with climate change.

3 comments

  • Vanessa Milton

    Easiest solution: MAKE RECYCLING THE LAW! Many states already have recycling laws, theres no reason why Califronia or at least the the county can not do the same. There are already recycling installations in place, all it woyld take is some re-routing of partial waste.
    Blue recycling bins could either be split into compartments (paper, plastic, glass, aluminum) or replaced by several smaller bins or buckets. Making the LAW would make the problem go away faster. People may consider this inconvient, but would get used to it quickly… I personally only fill my gray bin with an average of 4 bags every TWO WEEKS. I fill my Blue recycle bin up to the top, recycling EVERYTHING that is recyclable.
    Make it the RECYCLING THE LAW; easy fix.

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