San Diego Passes C&D Recycling Ordinance

The San Diego City Council has passed a construction and demolition (C&D) debris diversion ordinance in an effort to extend the life of the citys Miramar Landfill and to help the city meet state recycling mandates. The ordinance, expected to go into effect next summer, will require applicants for building and demolition permits to pay a deposit based on their projects square footage. After showing documentation of proper materials recycling, contractors can get a whole or partial refund.

The citys Environmental Service Department says that most of the 400,000 tons of C&D materials accepted each year at the Miramar Landfill are recyclable. The city diverts only 45 percent of total waste from the landfill.