Grand Jury on Recycling

The San Diego County Grand Jury weighed in on the city of San Diego’s recycling policies today, most notably urging the repeal of the 1919 People’s Ordinance, which requires the city to shoulder the $37 million annual cost of most homes’ trash pickup.

The report says:

[T]he 1919 Ordinance is no longer equitable or affordable and has outlived its original intent and purpose.

Without charging for the amount of waste a resident generates, the report says, people will not have an incentive to minimize their waste. The report also urges the city to more clearly state the penalty for violating its recently adopted mandatory recycling ordinance.


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