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San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20 Percent

Ana Carvalho, environmental specialist with the city of San Diego, surveys a ...

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Above: Ana Carvalho, environmental specialist with the city of San Diego, surveys a fresh shipment of food waste at the Miramar Landfill Greenery, March 29, 2016.

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By 30 Percent

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Renee Robertson, supervising recycling specialist, city of San Diego

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The city of San Diego has $3 million more to spend on diverting food waste from the Miramar Landfill. The grant funding from the State of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will pay for an expansion of the composting facility at the landfill and a food rescue program.

The 74-acre composting facility at the Miramar Landfill currently processes 104,000 tons of food and yard waste each year and this will increase its capacity by 32,600 tons.

This expansion will allow the city to accept additional restaurants into its composting program. Renee Robertson, the city's supervising recycling specialist, said that an additional 100 to 200 restaurants will be able to participate in the program due to the expansion. Restaurants interested in participating can email sdrecyclingworks@sandiego.gov.

In order to meet the city's zero waste goal by 2040, the city would need to have more composting facilities. Robertson said the city is not planning to open additional facilities and is hoping private entities will fill the void.

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Although the city's composting program only serves restaurants and businesses currently, the city does offer rebates to residents for composting or worm bins.

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