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>Subject: El Cajon Adopts Zero Waste
>From: Hidden Resources <hiddenresources@no.address>
>Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 12:24:21 -0800
>For Immediate Release Contact:
>Ms. Laura Anthony
>February 14,
>2007 Chair, Zero Waste San Diego
> Tel: (619) 838-3109
>Kill date: Fax: 858-272-3905
>March 1,
>2007 E-mail: lanthony13@no.address
>El Cajon City Council Unanimously Votes to Adopt ZERO Waste Resolution
>El Cajon, CA ? Mayor Mark Lewis and the El Cajon
>City Council passed a resolution adopting ?Zero
>Waste as a Goal? during the council?s bimonthly
>meeting on February 13, 2007. Introduced as a
>consent item by Mayor Lewis, the resolution passed 5-0.
>The item background on the city?s February 6, 2007 Agenda Report stated: ?The
>City of El Cajon cares deeply for the natural
>beauty of our region, yet still desires
>economic growth; however, not at the expense of
>the environment. This resolution
>was passed in April 2006 by the County of San
>Diego Integrated Waste Management Citizens
>Advisory Committee and is being suggested by the
>Committee that the County and all the Cities in
>the County adopt a similar resolution.?
>The reduction of greenhouse gases, creation of
>jobs, saving of taxpayer dollars, and
>decreased pollution of air and water are
>benefits associated with zero waste, and
>piquing the interests of elected officials.
>?It?s the wave of the future,? said Mayor
>Lewis. ?We?re doing this for our children and grandchildren.? Zero waste has
>been gaining popularity statewide as the most logical approach to long-term
>resource management. El Cajon has joined the
>following communities in California
>that have adopted Zero Waste as a goal: the City
>of Oakland, San Francisco City
>and County, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Marin County
>Solid Waste Management Authority, Del Norte
>County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Cruz
>County (including separate adoption of zero
>waste as a goal by all four cities in the county.)
>The economic benefits alone are substantial enough for corporations to take
>notice as well. Toyota, Hewlett-Packard, and Xerox, among others, have
>adopted zero waste style policies and practices,
>realizing substantial savings.
>With 9,000 employees at its Roseville, California facility, Hewlett-Packard
>is diverting 92-95% of its solid waste; saving
>almost a million dollars a year
>in avoided waste disposal costs. At six
>manufacturing facilities, Toyota saves
>a total of $3.5 million every year.
>Zero Waste San Diego is a non-profit group on a
>mission to further the concept
>to local governments, and ultimately persuade
>all nineteen jurisdictions in San
>Diego County to adopt zero waste goals. The group?s next public meeting will
>be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on February 21, 2007, where they will host a free
>screening of ?Our Synthetic Sea? at the Point Loma Branch Library, 3701
>Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107-1606.

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485
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