Reduce and recycling
The City of Del Mar generates about 9,800 tons of solid waste annually, which accounts for 5% of total greenhouse gas emissions from residents and businesses. Approximately 3,200 tons of this waste is recycled.
In its Climate Action Plan, Del Mar aims to exceed state requirements for waste diversion, which CalRecycle defines as "any combination of waste prevention (source reduction), recycling, reuse and composting activities that reduces waste disposed at landfills and recycling facilities."
Food waste diversion is critical to reaching these goals. In 2022, Del Mar introduced food waste recycling programs for all residential and commercial customers. In Del Mar, residential and commercial waste and recycling collection is provided by EDCO.
- Reducing and Reusing Basics
- Reducing Waste: What You Can Do
- Reducing Wasted Food at Home
- I Love A Clean San Diego Resource Guide
- EDCO website
- Resources for Mattress Recycling
- County of San Diego Recycling Guides
- County of San Diego Yard Trimmings Recycling Guide
Food Waste Diversion
- County of San Diego Food Waste Reduction Guide
- Guide to Local Food Pantries (PDF)
- San Diego Regional Food Systems Interactive Map
- San Diego Food System Alliance
- U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map
Composting & Mulching
- Compost Bin and Worm Bin Voucher Program Application (PDF)
- Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
- Food Cycle Community Compost Program