Mayor Jerry Sanders is set to announce this morning that 64 percent of San Diego’s waste is being diverted from the Miramar Landfill, an increase the city is attributing to its new mandatory recycling laws. That’s the highest recycling rate the city has had since it began keeping records.

The state Legislature requires that jurisdictions recycle more than 50 percent of their trash. In 2006, San Diego was just above that threshold, diverting 55 percent of waste from the landfill.

Since then, the city has adopted ordinances that require residents in single-family homes to recycle and apartment and business owners to provide recycling to their residents and tenants.

Sanders held a presser at the landfill this morning — check back for more on this later.


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