Miramar Landfill (city dump) to expand despite city’s zero-waste policy

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From the San Diego Union Tribune 10/25/2019: San Diego officials say they plan to increase the capacity of the Miramar Landfill by allowing waste to pile up 25 feet higher into the air — a significant policy shift coming less than five years after the city adopted a “zero waste” plan.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced in 2015 that the projected life of the city’s main dump had been extended from 2022 to 2030 thanks to new city recycling policies, trash compaction methods and other innovations. But recently city officials launched an environmental analysis of the potential impacts of increasing the height of the 1,400-acre dump from 485 feet above sea level now to 510 feet above sea level.

A vertical expansion is the city’s only option. The last possible horizontal expansion of the landfill, into the western portion of the site, took place in 2008.

That’s an excerpt. To read the entire article from David Garrick of the San Diego Union Tribune, visit https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/san-diego/story/2019-10-25/san-diego-plans-to-expand-city-dump-despite-zero-waste-policy

Note from UCCA: Information from the University Community Planning Group (UCPG) chair Chris Neilsen confirms that the UCPG was not notified about this project because the scope only includes Council District 6, Chris Cate’s district according to the project description (600213).

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and associated documents “08/19/19 (Miramar) Miramar Landfill Service Life Extension/Height Increase Project No. 600213” can be found on the City’s website at https://www.sandiego.gov/ceqa/final

Contact information for the San Diego Mayor and City Councilmembers can be found at the bottom of each City of San Diego webpage; take a look at https://www.sandiego.gov/

For related posts from UCCA, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/category/ucpg/

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