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[GreenYes] LOCAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING Committee Recommends Zero Waste Goals

For Immediate Release Contact:
Mr. Richard Anthony September 20, 2006 Chair, Citizenâs Advisory Committee
Tel: (858) 272-2905
No kill date Fax: 858-272-3905
E-mail: _ricanthony@no.address

Goals TO Regional Governments

San Diego, California â The Citizenâs Advisory Committee (CAC), part of San
Diego Countyâs 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.

âThe 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 isnât a better solution to improving the
overall quality of life in San Diego County,â said CAC Chair Richard Anthony.

San Diego Countyâs 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 planâs
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 Diegoâs 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.

San Diego, California

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