SAN DIEGO–After months of planning and public hearings, the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department will present a Zero Waste Plan as a framework of potential sustainable waste diversion strategies. The plan goes before City Council this afternoon at their 2 p.m. meeting.
The proposed Zero Waste plan lays out a goal of 75% diversion by 2020 and “zero” by 2040 and reflects an approach of continuous improvement towards a goal of zero waste to landfills. In real terms, 75% diversion means an estimated additional 332,000 tons per year will need to be diverted from disposal towards recycling.
The Plan includes tying together waste prevention, recycling, composting, other technologies and marketing to minimize disposal; focusing on product design, efficient collection/processing, and marketing; encouraging continued education, legislation, technology, and developing additional sustainable markets; and reflects an approach of continuous improvement towards a goal of zero.
The plan goes before City Council this afternoon at their 2 p.m. meeting.