Sixty percent of San Diego city residences don’t pay a fee for trash collection. Believe it or not, as much as anything else, pigs are the reason.
Our latest San Diego Explained with NBC San Diego tackles why that’s the case. Nearly every other city in California charges a special fee. San Diego’s source is the 1919 People’s Ordinance, which was passed at a time of outrage at private garbage collectors who were making big bucks reselling San Diego’s trash for hog feed.
A big thank you to Curtis Womach and his farm in Boulevard for letting us take video of his pigs. Also, thanks to NBC for letting me wear flannel and jeans on television.