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Waste Management

Integrated Waste Management Plan

Signed into law in 1990, the California Integrated Waste Management Act, or ''AB 939'', takes a proactive approach to solving the State’s waste management problems. It requires each city and county in California to develop and implement plans to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 25 percent by1995 and in half by the year 2000, using 1990 as the base year. By 2000, the region recycled 46.2% of its trash. In 1990, SANDAG was designated the region’s Integrated Waste Management Local Task Force. In that capacity, SANDAG is responsible for advising and assisting the region's cities and the County of San Diego in complying with AB 939 by:

  1. Assisting in the coordination and preparation of the countywide siting element;
  2. Identifying regional solid waste issues of concern;
  3. Determining the need for regional solid waste facilities and strategies;
  4. Facilitating multi-jurisdictional markets for recyclable materials; and
  5. Facilitating resolution of conflicts or inconsistencies between source reduction and recycling elements.