The City of Chula Vista is requesting public input on a draft Zero Waste Plan to achieve 90 percent waste diversion by 2035. The public is invited to provide comments during a 60-day comment period from August 2 to September 30, 2021. Visit the City’s Zero Waste webpage https://www.chulavistaca.gov/ZeroWaste to provide comments.
Creating a Zero Waste Plan was recommended in the City’s 2017 Climate Action Plan (CAP).
The Plan follows Zero Waste best practices by considering “People, Planet, and Prosperity” as the triple bottom line to achieve social, environmental and economic sustainability and a green local economy and community. By building upon Chula Vista’s legacy of leadership in sustainability, the CAP serves as the basis for detailed and measurable Zero Waste Plan Strategies and Actions. The Plan contains key tasks and strategies that recommend specific approaches with coordinated short-term, medium-term and long-term actions to reduce, reuse, recycle and further divert resources from being sent to the Otay Landfill.
The Plan informs residents and businesses that in the past, waste has been considered a natural and unavoidable by-product to be discarded. Now these materials are recognized as valuable resources available for new uses. Zero Waste planning focuses on three proven objectives. First, reduce the volume and toxicity of waste by eliminating them in the first place. Second, use materials and products for their original intended uses and then reuse them for other uses before recycling. Third, recycle or compost all remaining materials to their highest and best use after they have been reduced and reused as much as possible.
To read the draft Zero Waste Plan and provide public comments online visit
https://www.chulavistaca.gov/ZeroWaste. For more information on other methods for providing public comments, please contact Environmental Services via email email@example.com or call (619) 691-5122.