Zero Waste

Reduce, reuse, recycle. You can be waste-free in your home and business. Learn how.

Tori Morin

At its most basic, zero waste is about significantly reducing, and eventually, completely eliminating, the amount of stuff that we send to a landfill.

According to CalRecycle, the City of Del Mar generates approximately 9,800 tons of solid waste annually, which accounts for 5% of total greenhouse gas emissions from its residents and businesses. Approximately 3,200 tons of this waste is diverted annually.

The City is aiming to exceed state requirements with Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals for waste diversion of 80 percent by 2020 and 95 percent by 2035. According to CalRecycle, "diversion is any combination of waste prevention (source reduction), recycling, reuse and composting activities that reduces waste disposed at landfills and recycling facilities."

What You Can Do to Reach Zero Waste:

Learn how you can help move the City forward to become a zero waste community, including composting tips, vouchers, and other ways to recycle.



Food Waste


Organic materials account for nearly one-third of the approximately 30 million tons of waste destined for California each year. California Assembly Bill AB1826 is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from landfills and to help reach California’s recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020.

Plastics/Zero Waste Guide



Textiles can be recycled anytime at the Goodwill Carmel Valley Donation Center at 12791 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92134

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