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San Diego City Charter Amendment Proposal

Zero Waste San Diego Supports the proposal of the San Diego League of Women Voters to repeal the outdated, unfair People’s Ordinance regarding city municipal waste collection. With repeal of this outdated measure the City of San Diego will not only more equitably allocate the burdens of waste collection fees among all residents but more importantly for Zero Waste Mission will be able to grow their recycling and composting curbside collection programs to comply with State laws regarding recycling and composting targets, and comply with their own Zero Waste city plan goals.

Please join us to support putting this proposed repeal of an outdated law on the November 2018 ballot.

  1. Please contact your councilmember as well as and focus on these members of the Rules Committee and ask for this issue to become a ballot measure in November.
    Myrtle Cole (Chair) , Mark Kersey (Vice Chair),,

    Barbara Bry ,Chris Ward , Chris Cate

  2. Attend the meeting! Sign up to speak in support. Look for anyone from the League of Women Voters who will be there bringing the proposal and tell them you are in support and would like to speak or fill out a support card with the City staff running the Rules Committee Meeting.

San Diego City Council RULES COMMITTEE, Special Meeting:

JUNE 13th, 1 p.m. Council Chambers on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA. 

The following is from the City Council Rules Committee website Agenda:

The Rules Committee will adjourn the regularly scheduled Rules Committee of Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and convene a Special Meeting on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in order to discuss and take action on the following items:

Initial Committee review of ballot measure proposals and consideration of whether to refer proposals for a second Rules Committee discussion, per Council Policy 000-21

  • [Items A-W … omitted here]

Sub-item X: Consideration of a ballot measure proposal by the League of Women Voters of San Diego regarding Repeal the People’s Ordinance.

The Special Meeting of the Rules Committee will be held in Council Chambers on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA.If you require additional information or have any questions or concerns, please contact Marisa Berumen, Rules Committee Consultant, at 619-533-5906 or




Zero Waste San Diego supports the San Diego League of Women Voters proposal to repeal the outdated, unfair 1919 People’s Ordinance, regarding the City of San Diego’s municipal waste collection. (San Diego Municipal Code §66.0127). The proposal to repeal this code will enable the City to give the people what they want, a clean environment and sustainable future.

Originally enacted in 1919, the so-called People’s Ordinance allowed the city to take over food waste and trash collection from a private company that sold it to pig farmers. It was amended in 1986 to prohibit the City from imposing a fee for trash hauling service and requires the City to provide collection, transportation, and disposal of residential refuse. This includes trash, recyclables and yard trimmings, at no cost. Twenty-three percent of the City’s discards are collected from about half of the City’s households because of this Ordinance. How does this provide a “world-class service for all?”

Today the People’s Ordinance only applies to single-family residents who participate in the City’s trash, recycling and greenery services. This does not include multi-family units, businesses and/or commercial establishments.  This Ordinance requires $47 million a year from the City’s General Fund to manage and operate. The result is that more than half of the City’s residents essentially pay twice for the same service that their counterparts only have to pay once. We need to remind the City of their Vision, to provide a “world-class service for all,” not some, but for all.


June 2018 – Statewide measures


Don’t forget your “please” and “Thank you’s…”

ACTION ALERT NEWS: AB 2779 was not brought up on the Assembly Floor this past week after all (by June 1, 2018) . This means that the bill is done for this year, but it’s great how far we made it!

Please thank the co-authors for all of their great work on the bill.


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AB 319 “Leash the Lid” (2017) and AB 2779 “CONNECT THE CAP”(2018) would have  ensured that all of the bottles collected in California’s bottle deposit/ CRV program have caps connected so they don’t escape into the environment and add to the ocean plastic pollution problem.

Background: In response to public pressure in the 1970s, the beverage Industry redesigned the aluminum pull tab on soda cans to help solve the litter problem their cans were creating. Public Pressure can solve the Plastic Bottle Cap pollution problem. 

This legislative season’s good news is that SB 1335 (Allen) Sustainable Food Packaging did pass through the State Senate. We will keep on eye on that bill’s progress.

Also, the bill regarding straws only upon request did pass. AB 1884 (Calderon).

Good job everyone and let’s keep up the steam to reduce waste in California!