Waste Management in San Diego - 2014 Preview
Photo: San Diego Coastkeeper
Trash Talk - August 29, 2013
Equinox Center hosted Trash Talk today - an event organized for the purpose of raising awareness about regional waste issues. The event included an expert panel forum on waste management, moderated by Equinox Center Executive Director Lani Lutar, which followed a tour of the Miramar Landfill. Lutar released new regional waste data at the beginning of the discussion, including a city-by-city analysis. Equinox Center compiled this new information as part of its 2014 Dashboard, which will be released early next year.
New Regional Data
The new regional waste data shows residents in San Diego County generate more trash than our neighbors on a per person basis. Specifically, it shows waste disposal levels are higher here than they are in Orange and Los Angeles counties:
While San Diego County's waste generation has been decreasing over time, we still dispose of more waste per person than the California state average:
Among the 18 cities in the county, the most trash discarded per person, per day was in Del Mar and Coronado. All but four local cities saw reductions in waste disposal in 2012 compared to 2011:
Select 2012 Figures:
Del Mar: 11.4 lbs per person per day
Coronado: 9.23 lbs per person per day
City of San Diego: 5.38 lbs per person per day
La Mesa: 2.86 lbs per person per day
Imperial Beach: 2.84 lbs per person per day
"Equinox Center is encouraged by the progress many cities have made but we clearly have more work to do as a region," Lutar said. "Our goal is to get people thinking about reduction of one-time-use products like water bottles and sandwich bags rather than relying on recycling as the solution."
If you couldn't make it today, stay tuned for an event re-cap, or follow the event twitter feed #TrashTalk from @EquinoxCenter.