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As Miramar Landfill Fills Up, San Diego City Council To Consider Zero Waste Initiative

Above: Bulldozers push around piles of trash at San Diego's Miramar Landfill.

A plan to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills in San Diego, and eventually stop it altogether, will be presented to the City Council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee on Wednesday.

City staff are proposing the zero waste initiative because the Miramar Landfill is running out of space, and because the state is requiring that 75 percent of waste be diverted from landfills by 2020. The diversion rate in San Diego in 2012 was 68 percent -- almost unchanged over three years, according to city documents.

The plan would also have the city divert all waste from landfills by 2040 through conservation, recycling and composting.

In California, 15 cities and several large corporations have zero waste policies, according to a staff report.

The report proposes a multi-pronged approach, including expanding recycling of yard waste, developing infrastructure to divert food waste, developing regulations to support the initiative and changing funding resources for recycling programs.

The city's Environmental Services Department says the Miramar Landfill is slated to close in 2022, though increased diversion could keep the facility operating longer.

Council members will be asked to approve the objectives of the initiative. City staff would develop the plan in detail and bring it back to the committee next spring.

The committee Wednesday is also scheduled to receive an update on planning for the yearlong celebration of the centennial of Balboa Park, and an update on development of a plan to deal with climate change.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | November 6, 2013 at 8:16 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I see increased taxes and fees in our future. Any time you couple natural resources with arts and culture is a problem. A lot of the artsy groups could never stand on their own to exist. So, tax the citizens for other daily needs to fund them. Now they are throwing in climate change into the fold. No good can come from that. Only another tax or fee that has zero possibility of affecting our local climate. Just another money transfer to keep the feel-good group appear to have class, while they apportion my money into their social clubs.

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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | November 6, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Recycling is mostly a scam, and landfills are demonized unnecessarily.

I strongly urge you to watch this excellent mini-documentary on the issue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puVBFIciqGU

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Avatar for user 'Ken'

Ken | November 7, 2013 at 11:25 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't know who muckapoo1 is, but I know who Oliver Wendell Holmes was. Justice Holmes said "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society..."
http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/04/13/taxes-civilize/

People are getting smart to the reactionary maxim "taxes are bad." If you're worried about your pockets getting pilfered, muckapoo1, I invite you to focus your efforts to dive in to pockets that are much deeper than your own. You can find lists of them in http://b.tab.bz/rji73.

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muckapoo1 | November 7, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I only worry about the taxes being levied to support art that is sometimes questionable. I worry about taxes on companies that actually create jobs to support those who just want to get by. How long can we support people whose hobby is art that could never make a living at it on it's own? How many generations of a family should be allowed to exist on Section 8? We provide mandatory education. Companies provide entry level training jobs. Government punishes the working to support those who choose not to learn or are too lazy to support themselves. Yes, I worry about MY pockets, because I have worked 60+ hours a week to earn what I have in them. In today's world of "give me", I do not fit in. Good !!!!

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | November 7, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The leftists are removing all consequences for poor life choices. Because of human nature, this will just create a huge welfare state. A large percentage of humans will do as little as they possibly can, take as much as they can from wherever they can, and take advantage of any possible situation they can to get a free ride. This is why socialism never has worked, and never will work. Why can't Obama and the like look into the recent past to see many examples of socialism utterly fail? Sorry, your utopian dreamland of wealthy distribution will never exist.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | November 7, 2013 at 4:18 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

JeanMarc, when we have the two leftists dreams of ObamaCare and immigration reform, the American Dream will be "what do I get for free today?". We will no longer be able to support the growing insanity.

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Avatar for user 'Ken'

Ken | November 8, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It seems that I have drawn out comments much stronger on abstractions and clichés instead of facts again.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | November 8, 2013 at 3:57 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

muckapoo1 it will call come crashing down one day. They know this though, alas, the Cloward-Piven strategy is driving us to the bottom full steam. Then socialism will rescue the country. Hooray!

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | November 8, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I predict that the combination of ObamaCare and immigration reform combined will put the US into a full-blown depression within 2 years of that happening. We cannot have people lose jobs to illegal felons and lose spendable income at the same time. BOHICA>>bend over,here it comes again.

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StuartHurlbert | November 8, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Population is the fundamental issue, tho "zero waste" initiatives are worth attempting.

With 200,000 illegal aliens in San Diego County (producing U.S. "citizens") and with "reform" legislation on the table that wouldl double immigration rates, and with the Congressional Budget Office estimating that the Senate bill would only reduce illegal immigration by 25%, the future is sealed in a bad way unless more citizens and congressmen get educated on the fundamentals.

You can be sure that neither KPBS or the UT will assist that education as both entities are solidly committed to more mass immigration and letting San Diego become another LA basin.

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sdreefer21 | November 8, 2013 at 7:40 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Its time the city started charging for trash. Implementation costs would be more than offset.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 8, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Muckapoo, you seem to be willing to pay extremely high taxes and have very big government when it comes to prisons and locking people up, but when it comes to healthcare and the environment you always complain about any spending.

You want us to be a prison state? Spend only on military/prisons/border control and then underspend on the environment/healthcare/education/research?

That's a true recipe for disaster.

And your comments about spending on art imply San Diego spends money on art.

It doesn't.

When it comes to the arts, San Diego is one of the cheapest spenders of any major city in the country.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | November 9, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I am for mass executions or a Devil's Island. Electric bleachers make sense too. Let's fry some felon butt on Channel 5 and see if the crime rate goes down. If you can't find anyone to pull the switch, call me. I don't want a prison state, I want a low crime rate. Once executed, less likely to commit a crime again. LOL

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Len | November 10, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

@Anon11. That is not a "documentary," "mini" or otherwise. It is Penn (of Penn and Teller), in an episode of their TV show "B**lS**t," spouting his ultra-libertarian views. He cherry-picks his examples, ignores proven, well-documented studies that oppose his views, provides bluster instead of rational discourse. He and Teller are superb magicians and debunkers of "psychics" and other frauds, but he is as silly as Ron & Rand Paul politically.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | November 10, 2013 at 11:58 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

muckapoo: "Let's fry some felon butt on Channel 5 and see if the crime rate goes down."

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Considering the lowest crime rates exist in countries that have no death penalty, rehabilitate prisoners, and have less severe sentences and fewer people in prison than we do, I doubt this would do anything to lower the crime rate.

What it would do is give the mentally deranged in our society a free show and normalize torture.

Not exactly a country I want yo live in, and I'm willing to bet not a country the vast majority of Americans want yo live in.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | November 10, 2013 at 2:56 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

And I cannot see a country where every deviate and lamo is forgiven. The lowest crime rates occur where they cut of a hand for theft. Not where we go "poor you" and give them a ride to some country club whacko center. I am wasting my time here preaching to limp wrist bleeding hearts. Just hope one of your deranged mentally ill does not break into my house. It will be an automatic death sentence. No need for rehabilitation at that point.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | November 11, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Violence breeds violence.

Disprespect for human life simply breeds more disrespect for human life.

Unfortunately this falls on deaf ears amongst some (see post above).

Muckapoo, you don't even realize you just made a passionate argument in favor of strict Shiria Law's criminal code do you?

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muckapoo1 | November 11, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The US has one of the highest crime rates and prisoner levels in the world. It is because of the liberal judges and passionate prison systems. Nobody sane wants Shiria Law. Just make prisons a place where nobody would ever want to return. I truly think that a Devil's Island is the best way to go. Then we would not have guards subjected to inhuman conditions of dealing with scum in the cells.

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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | November 11, 2013 at 4:20 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

@Len:

"...ignores proven, well-documented studies that oppose his views"

Such as?

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benz72 | November 12, 2013 at 4:57 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

PDSD, What I got out of MPs comment was an endorsement of the severity of punishment not of the laws they are intended to enforce. Historically many cultures used amputation as punishment without endorsing Sharia law. The method is distinct from the objective.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | November 12, 2013 at 7:33 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Benz, the only countries I know of in present-day who have criminal codes that involve stoning, amputation, death penalty for juveniles and the like is in strict Shiria Law areas.

The only reason I brought up the comparison is because Muckapoo has been very vocal about his disdain of places like Iran and the former Taliban controlled Afghanistan I thought it interesting that he seems more aligned with these places in terms of his views on crime and punishment.

Regardless, the bottom line is no matter where it's practiced and why it's practice, mutilation is not a punishment any civilized society should be engaged in.

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benz72 | November 13, 2013 at 8:12 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

PDSD "the bottom line is no matter where it's practiced and why it's practice, mutilation is not a punishment any civilized society should be engaged in"

There are some here who call for (chemical) castration of serial rapists. Do you consider that unreasonable?

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | November 13, 2013 at 6:04 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, I consider casteation to be unreasonable and cruel/unusual
punishment.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 13, 2013 at 6:13 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Castration

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JeanMarc | November 18, 2013 at 9:16 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Peking - don't you think it is cruel when someone runs around raping people? You think there should be no consequence for this?

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