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San Diego County disposes of more than one million tons of compostable materials in landfills every year. Better management of these discards (yard trimmings, food scraps, manure, etc.) will improve air and water quality, reduce soil erosion, revitalize agricultural and garden soils, ensure a robust and healthy food system, and create local jobs while protecting human health and improving the quality of life for the region’s populace.

Several recent California mandates require source reduction, separation, landfill diversion and composting of these materials. While state regulations are generally well-defined and friendly to this activity, local zoning and land use rules in San Diego County typically are not.

Hidden Resources and the San Diego Food System Alliance have been charged with identifying local barriers and developing recommendations to improve planning to facilitate composting and help local jurisdictions comply with mandates.

That’s where you come in. This is the first of a series of roundtables and stakeholder meetings designed to illicit feedback we can include in our findings.

Please join us for a complimentary light lunch and lively discussion on opportunities and barriers related to local zoning and land use codes addressing composting in San Diego County.

RSVP encouraged.


  • 11:45 – 12:15: Light lunch.
  • 12:15 – 12:40: Introduction to the scope of the project, and importance of this effort. State mandates. Connection between healthy soil and healthy food. Overview of issues surrounding zoning and land use rules.
  • 12:40pm – 1:30pm: Open discussion