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Zero Waste Goal in San Diego County

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), part of San Diego County’s Integrated Waste Management Task Force, has recommended adoption of a zero waste resolution by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the County of San Diego, and all eighteen jurisdictions in the county.

The zero waste concept, which involves rethinking the way products and services are engineered, manufactured, consumed, and discarded, has been gaining popularity worldwide as an environmentally friendly, economically sound approach to long-term resource management. New Zealand, South Australia, Canberra, Australia, Oregon, Toronto, San Francisco, Seattle, Carrboro, North Carolina, and the counties of Del Norte, Santa Cruz, and Alameda in California have already adopted zero waste policies.

“The beauty of the zero waste principle is that it creates and sustains jobs, preserves natural resources, minimizes pollution, and empowers communities and their local economies. There isn’t a better solution to improving the overall quality of life in San Diego County,” said CAC Chair Richard Anthony.

San Diego County’s shrinking landfill capacity is a growing concern of local governmental agencies, businesses and residents. According to the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan, the current rate of discards generated and buried in San Diego County will necessitate either expansion of current landfill capacity or the development of new landfill capacity within the plan’s fifteen-year strategic planning period. After researching the environmental problems associated with landfilling, CAC has concluded that rather than expand existing operations or siting a new landfill, a zero waste program is more environmentally sound and offers long-term economic benefits to the region. Some cities in the county have yet to meet the minimum state mandated diversion requirements of 50%.

The County of San Diego’s Integrated Waste Management Task Force was established in 1988 as advisors to elected officials and the planning process and is comprised of representatives from environmental, recycling, composting and disposal businesses and agencies.

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