The principle of zero waste calls for better and more efficient handling of waste products in order to produce a reduced amount of waste. This is achieved through the implementation of various practices such as improved recycling methods, waste prevention, proper garbage sorting and composting of waste as well. The overall consumption and waste practices of the county have a significant impact on the health of the residents living in the district. There is also a huge amount of waste that is being processed by the county each year. Last year alone, there were over 460,000 tons of waste that were deposited into the many different areas and landfills of the San Diego County area. So it is clear that there is a pressing problem of waste reduction that needs to be addressed. And waste reduction can be achieved through the implementation of the Zero Waste legislative policy for San Diego.

Currently, the county government of San Diego has been trying to work towards that goal of zero waste policy. The County government has done this through the implementation of more recycling practices to process its waste more effectively. The supervisory board of the San Diego county has also adopted many of the ordinances which are designed to increase public recycling practices as well. These various ordinances are designed to reduce the amount of waste material, which is being currently deposited into the many landfills of the county area. There have been various waste diversion programs that have been offered to the public, which has all sought to remove public waste and divert them to recycling centers. That single waste diversion ordinance has seen a diversion rate of up to 67% of waste being diverted from landfills towards recycling centers in the area. This local diversion rate of waste exceeds the mandated minimum that was set forward by the state of California, in its AB 939 (1989) ordinance. So the county of San Diego has largely been successful in its commitment to try and reduce the total amount of waste materials that are going to landfills, and instead diverting them to recycling centers, where waste will be processed more efficiently.

In more recent years, the county of San Diego is more committed to increasing its waste disposal and recycling efficiency. The State of California has recently put forward a new ordinance which the goal of is to divert at least 75% of waste materials to recycling rather than landfills, by the year 2020. So the local government of the San Diego County is committed now more than ever to achieving that waste diversion goal. The future of the county and the environment will depend on whether not the county of San Diego can meet that zero waste efficiency goal.

Together, District 3 of the San Diego County will be able to work effectively towards the implementation of the Zero Waste Policy. This kind of legislative policy will be able to dramatically increase the environmental sustainability of the waste disposal practices of the county government. And this will benefit the residents that are in the third district as well.