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Waste regulations in San Diego might soon force waste disposers to step up plans to not use the landfills in Miramar. Next Monday, the city council will vote on the Zero Waste Objective, a city policy goal that would guard against overuse of the landfills by drawing the city line for use of the landfill services at 25 percent of waste in 2020, and, in 2040, zero waste.

A major step in the Environmental Services Department's efforts to achieve zero waste at city landfills. The city currently diverts 67 percent of waste away from landfills. And, the department advises the public, around two thirds of San Diego waste can be recycled.

Mayor Todd Gloria counts on the members of the city council to give the department the go ahead on a zero waste plan. The plan that will serve as a framework for the city's planning and decision-making process will, he said on Thursday, "help us meet our climate reduction goals." The city will have a plan in Spring 2014.

The mayor invited San Diegans to give their opinions on the zero waste objective at the meeting at 202 C Street.

Landfill capacity will reach the limit at West Miramar Landfill in 2021, and in 2037, at Sycamore landfill. One change in the landfill operations the department plans on making is to raise the height limit at North Miramar to 485 feet, adding 10.5 million cubic yards to the space avilable for waste disposal. West Miramar would be expanded across the land. And add 4.1 million cubic yards to capacity. Waste would not reach the new limits at the north site until five years later, and at the west site, two years later.

A plan to build a Miramar Resource Recovery Center would give San Diegans a place to haul their own wate in their own cars and trucks. As soon a 2014.

Two thousand fourteen is early for San Diego to start using new waste conversion technologies to lower its disposed waste volume. The technoloogies developed in California and Nevada have not yet proved worth the investment. The department plans on keeping watch on the conversion technology practices chosen in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Salinas.

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