City Council to consider plan to reduce landfill waste

City Council to consider plan to reduce landfill waste

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…

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