Waste

How Are We Doing?

Landfill waste disposal received a thumbs-down because San Diego County's daily waste disposal per capita increased from 5.5 pounds in 2016 to 5.6 pounds in 2017. Unfortunately, San Diego County continues to dispose of more waste per capita than the state average and more than other major urban California counties. 16 San Diego jurisdictions increased their waste disposal from 2016 to 2017 while only 3 decreased, including Encinitas, National City, and Imperial Beach. For the past three years, Imperial Beach has had the lowest total waste disposal per capita and Del Mar has had the highest. Want to know more about what we're measuring?

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Worsened more than 1 percent from 2017 to 2018

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Multi-year Countywide Origin Summary, 2017; CalRecycle, Statewide Reports, 2017

San Diegans have increased their daily waste disposal by 0.7 pounds per capita per day between 2012 and 2017 and currently throw away 5.6 pounds of trash per capita per day, which is a 0.1 pound increase from 2016 to 2017.

Why is it Important?

High quality of life means a clean environment, a thriving economy, and an equitable place for all to enjoy.

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Multi-year Countywide Origin Summary, 2017; CalRecycle, Statewide Reports, 2017

In 2017, San Diego County disposed of as much daily waste per capita as Los Angeles County and Orange County and more than other major urban counties in California.

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Multi-year Countywide Origin Summary, 2017; CalRecycle, Statewide Reports, 2017

In 2017, San Diego County disposed of as much daily waste per capita as Los Angeles County and Orange County and more than other major urban counties in California.

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Multi-year Countywide Origin Summary, 2017; CalRecycle, Statewide Reports, 2017

In 2017, San Diego County disposed of as much daily waste per capita as Los Angeles County and Orange County and more than other major urban counties in California.

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Jurisdiction Disposal and ADC Tons by Facility, 2017

There are large variations in levels of daily waste disposal per capita among San Diego County jurisdictions. Del Mar and Coronado residents disposed of the most waste per capita daily. Imperial Beach had the least amount of daily waste per capita at 2.9 pounds, followed closely by Chula Vista at 4.0 pounds of daily waste per capita.

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Jurisdiction Disposal and ADC Tons by Facility, 2017

There are large variations in levels of daily waste disposal per capita among San Diego County jurisdictions. Del Mar and Coronado residents disposed of the most waste per capita daily. Imperial Beach had the least amount of daily waste per capita at 2.9 pounds, followed closely by Chula Vista at 4.0 pounds of daily waste per capita.

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Jurisdiction Disposal and ADC Tons by Facility, 2017

There are large variations in levels of daily waste disposal per capita among San Diego County jurisdictions. Del Mar and Coronado residents disposed of the most waste per capita daily. Imperial Beach had the least amount of daily waste per capita at 2.9 pounds, followed closely by Chula Vista at 4.0 pounds of daily waste per capita.

San Diego County Jurisdictions' Change in Daily Waste Disposal per Capita

2016 - 2017

This map shows the San Diego County Jurisdictions change in daily waste disposal per capita.

Data Sources: California Department of Finance, E-4 population estimates, 2018; CalRecycle, Jurisdiction Disposal and ADC Tons by Facility, 2017

Three San Diego jurisdictions reduced waste disposal from 2016 to 2017, while 16 increased waste volumes. Santee had the largest waste increase per capita while Imperial Beach and National City had the largest decreases in their waste disposal per capita.

Regional Response

Policies 

In 2019, the City of San Diego passed an ordinance to ban polystyrene products like Styrofoam and to limit the distribution of single-use plastic products such as straws and utensils. This action follows similar bans in other large cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as local jurisdictions like Encinitas, Solana Beach and Imperial Beach.


What Are We Measuring?

We measure waste disposal by tracking the historical trend in average daily pounds of waste disposed per person in San Diego County and California. We also compare the latest data year of select counties’ daily waste disposal per person as well as the total and year-over-year change in San Diego County jurisdictions’ waste disposal. Learn more about the data. Learn more about the data.