Encinitas is striving to achieve zero waste. Zero waste is a materials management approach that first prevents waste and then establishes reuse and recycling policies, programs, and infrastructure for all materials entering the community. The goal is to send the least amount of waste to the landfill by ensuring that resources are used efficiently without waste and excess burden on the environment.

How Does Encinitas Get to Zero Waste?

The Encinitas City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which includes the implementation of a citywide zero waste program. Through the cap strategy, the city’s goal is to reduce residents’ waste generation to 5.3 pounds per person per day (lbs./person/day) by 2020 and 3.0 lbs./person/day by 2030. Achieving this goal depends on the expansion of recycling and organics recycling programs and participation from residents and businesses to reduce waste and increase diversion.

Track the City’s progress on its zero waste goals on the Climate Dashboard website.

Visit the Organics (Green Waste and Food Waste) website to learn more!

Upcoming Events

Achieving Your Zero Waste Potential Webinar

Date: August 31, 2022

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Register: https://bit.ly/3RZpmNT

Join Solana Center in partnership with the City of Encinitas for this 1-hour webinar where you will learn the basics of waste reduction, why it’s important, and how to keep at it even with our changing circumstances. We’ll dive deeper into the concepts of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and understand why they are said in THAT order.

In this webinar, we will cover the following

-Techniques and tips to reduce, reuse, or recycle

-Why our single-use culture needs to end NOW

-Where our stuff comes from and where it goes

-How to adapt the basics of zero waste to life in the pandemic era

Participants will get practical tools to start reducing waste today! Hold your spot: https://bit.ly/3RZpmNT

SB 1383 Compliance – Commercial Food Waste Prevention Webinar 

Date: September 8, 2022

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Register: https://bit.ly/3zDyhNM

California is leading our nation with groundbreaking legislation that addresses climate change by keeping organic materials out of our landfills. As Californians are asked to rethink how they manage their food waste, businesses may be wondering: How can I be in compliance, and how will this affect my bottom line?

The City of Encinitas and Solana Center are here to help you understand the new legislation and find opportunity in the coming changes. From saving money, to creating press opportunities, to addressing climate change and regional food insecurity, your business has a lot to gain while staying ahead of state regulations!

This webinar will cover:

-Organic waste legislation (SB 1383) that impacts your business

-Impacts of wasted food on your business and the environment

-Practical tips and strategies to prevent food waste and save money

-Guidance on food donation, liability protection, and tax incentives

Register in advance:  https://bit.ly/3zDyhNM

Green Block Leader Volunteer Program

We need your help to make Encinitas a little greener!

Join the City of Encinitas for the Green Block leader Volunteer Pilot Program!

Volunteers will receive a ninety-minute zero waste training and a toolkit of resources. Then, they will use their sustainability knowledge to teach their neighbors and community about how to reduce waste, specifically through organics recycling.

What will you do as a Green Block Leader?

• Reach out to the community to let them know you are a resource for them.

• Answer questions regarding zero waste, the organics recycling program, and other waste-related sustainability topics.

• Share resources with information about how to reduce waste and how to properly recycle or dispose of materials.

• Distribute information about upcoming events, City news, and offerings.

What are the benefits of becoming a Green Block Leader?

• Be a part of the City's exciting new food scraps recycling program for residents and businesses

• Connect with others in Encinitas that care about preserving the environment

• Fight climate change by helping to reduce waste in the community

• Volunteer on your own time

Are you interested in volunteering*? Email [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your Residential Community (New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Olivenhain, Cardiff, or Leucadia)

City staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

*Participants must be 18 years or older and a resident of Encinitas.

Past Events

Past Events

Encinitas Virtual Earth Week Celebration

The City of Encinitas partnered with EcoFest and other community groups to virtually celebrate Earth Week! Watch the recordings on Facebook Live:  

Organics Recycling Workshop

In partnership with EDCO, the City of Encinitas launched curbside organic waste pickup this summer. To learn more and hear tips on how to update your household processes to participate in the new program, email [email protected] to access a free recording of the workshop.

Sixth Annual Zero Waste Fair with I Love a Clean San Diego

Watch the recording!

What is the City Doing?

Green Team (1)

Here at the City, staff actively reduce the waste generated by daily office activities. The Employee Green Guide is a comprehensive resource to help staff make the most sustainable, economical decisions throughout their work day. City Hall, Public Works, and the Community and Senior Center have composting programs run by staff volunteers to divert food waste and paper towels from the landfill. Detailed signage is placed at waste receptacles throughout City facilities to ensure proper recycling practices and maximum diversion from the landfill. In February 2020, staff were offered a zero-waste educational workshop over lunch. Despite these achievements, there is always room for improvement and the City of Encinitas will continue to strive each day to reduce the waste footprint of municipal operations!

Check Out These Printable Resource Guides! 



Preventing Food Waste In Your Home Kitchen

Steps To Being A Zero Waste Consumer Guide

Recycling Organics - What Should Go In The Green Cart?

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