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City Mulls Rules to Force More Construction Waste to be Recycled

The city of San Diego will look at a new rules today to force more construction and demolition waste to be recycled. But to offset lost tipping fees at the dump, residents will likely see their costs

City Mulls Rules to Force More Construction Waste to be Recycled

The city of San Diego will look at a new rules today to force more construction and demolition waste to be recycled. But to offset lost tipping fees at the dump, residents will likely see their costs go up. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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Construction waste makes up well over a third of all waste dumped at the city of San Diego's Miramar landfill.

The city's attempts to encourage contractors to recycle things like wood, metal and concrete have failed so far, because it is still cheaper to dump at the Miramar landfill than at a recycling yard.

The city hasn't been motivated to force the issue, because diverting the trash would cost the city more than $3 million a year in lost tipping fees. But now the mayor's office is proposing to modify an existing ordinance that will require construction waste to be recycled. A private recycling facility has opened in Lemon Grove.

To offset the cost to the city in lost tipping fees at Miramar, the city proposes to raise fees for people who take pick up trucks of waste to the dump. Secondly, the city would impose a fee of more than $80 to replace citizens' trash bins.

The city's natural resources committee considers the changes this afternoon.

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Alison St John, KPBS News.