Mayor Jerry Sanders today is set to announce that the city has surpassed the state mandate that municipalities divert at least 50 percent of their waste away from landfills.

The city reached 55 percent, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The diversion rate is especially important in San Diego, where officials are searching for ways to extend the lifetime of the Miramar Landfill, which is set to hit capacity as soon as 2012. The city recently adopted a mandatory recycling ordinance, something most local municipalities did in the 1990s.

Municipalities face potential fines if they don’t hit that 50 percent benchmark, a goal the state Assembly has considered increasing.

Check out this Union-Tribune story from 2006 about how municipalities actually measure these rates.


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