Overview

When trash is sent to the landfill it breaks down and creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. As such, methane is one of the primary greenhouse gases that causes our climate to change. Your efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste help limit the amount of methane that is created.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL DATA AND PROPOSED REDUCTION STRATEGIES ON THIS SITE ARE DRAFT.

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Metric Tons

We measure the waste that is produced and collected by the City in metric tons per year.

Data & Targets
  • 55,980

    mt

    2012

    Baseline
  • 59,885

    mt

    2013

  • 54,679

    mt

    2020

    Short-Term Target
  • 32,254

    mt

    2030

    Long-Term Target
Data & Targets
2012

Baseline

55,980

mt
2013

59,885

mt
2020

Short-Term Target

54,679

mt
2030

Long-Term Target

32,254

mt

Actions to Address Solid Waste

In 2012, solid waste was responsible for 5% of the GHG emissions in Encinitas. The draft updated Climate Action Plan (CAP) identified one action to address emissions from the solid waste sector.

Charts & Graphs

Total Tons of Solid Waste

The graph at the left shows the total tons of trash collected  in Encinitas. The three lines represent the actual waste generated in 2012 and 2013 (black line); the projected waste generation levels for 2020 and 2030 (purple line) under a business as usual scenario- meaning the City takes no further action to encourage reductions; and finally the targeted levels the City aims to get to for 2020 and 2030 (taupe line) once the actions from the Climate Action Plan have been implemented.

Pounds Per Person Per Day

The graph at the left is showing how much trash on average every resident throws out every single day. In 2013, this number was 6 pounds. Considering the national average is 4.4 pounds, we have some work to do. We have set a goal to cut our per person pounds of trash per day in half by 2030 to 3 pounds. Will you help us achieve this goal? Recycling and composting more are a good start!

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Be a Part of the Solution

  • Compost

    The City subsidizes the cost of compost/vermicompost bins and workshops, both of which are available through the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation.

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  • Participate in Recycling programs

    Household waste sorting and recycling kitchen bins in the drawer. Environmentally responsible behavior concept, ecology concept.

    Effective July 1, 2012, California State law AB341 requires that commercial enterprises which generate

    four cubic yards or more of solid waste weekly participate in recycling programs.  This requirement also includes multi-family housing complexes of five units or more, regardless of the amount of solid waste generated each week.

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Recent Updates for Encinitas
No More Foam Food Service Ware Products

In December 2016, Ordinance 2016-12 banned the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food service ware containers in Encinitas, due to their impact on the environment. The Ordinance included a six (6) month grace period for all affected establishments to get into compliance. That grace period ended on Friday, June 16, 2017.

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Encinitas unveils Draft Climate Action Plan

The City of Encinitas just unveiled its draft Climate Action Plan. The Draft Plan includes detailed Actions and Supporting Measures the City will implement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 41% of 2012 levels by 2030.

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