“We’re taking the trash and sampling it into about a 100 different categories,” said San Diego recycling specialist Chelsea Klaseus.
It’s part of a yearlong study that looks to find out more about resident’s waste habits.
“The goal is to find how to improve recycling among our residents and ultimately increase the life span of the city’s landfill, slated to last until the year 2022,” Klaseus said.
The $335,000 study is being paid for by the city’s recycling fund.
Klaseus said the garbage collected thus far has telling evidence about how San Diegans are living.
“There’s a very big difference in the socioeconomic status of our residents – from very rich to very poor,” said Klaseus.
Among the items sampled were food containers of different brands.
“Something else you can tell about a community is how healthy it is or just how unhealthy it is.”
The last waste composition study was 12 years ago.
In that study, researchers found an excess of cardboard and glass, items that are often recycled today.
Once the study wraps up, the information gathered will be used to craft new recycling ordinances citywide.