July 14, 2015
San Diego — San Diego moved to the forefront of nationwide efforts to reduce waste in landfills on Monday when the City Council unanimously adopted a complex blueprint for shrinking the amount of trash produced locally to zero by 2040.
The move comes one year after Los Angeles adopted a similar “zero waste” policy and one month after the U.S. Conference of Mayors voted to encourage every city in the nation to pursue such goals. Other cities with zero waste policies include New York, San Francisco and Austin, Texas.
Zero waste plans aim to help preserve dwindling landfill capacity while also boosting the environment by encouraging more recycling, less production of waste and the development of new markets for recycled and composted materials.