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San Diegans Send More Trash To Landfill Than Average Californian

Photo credit: Courtesy of I Love A Clean San Diego

This flyer from I Love A Clean San Diego shows items that can and cannot be recycled.

San Diegans Send More Trash To Landfill Than Average Californian


Pauline Martinson, executive director, I Love a Clean San Diego


San Diego County residents throw away an average of 5.5 pounds of trash per day per person, which is about a large kitchen bag full of waste.

That's more than the state average and other major urban counties in the state, according to 2015 data from the Equinox Project.

This is a trend that I Love a Clean San Diego wants to reverse. Its campaign to encourage more recycling goes into high gear Wednesday, which is America Recycles Day.

“I think it’s really confusion about what to recycle and really the use of single use plastic items. You know if we’re cutting down on those items, we’re not throwing as much in the trash. We also need to know how to recycle and encourage San Diegans to do that,” said Pauline Martinson, the executive director of I Love a Clean San Diego.

Martinson joins Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss ways San Diego County residents can reduce what they are sending to the landfill.

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