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

Grow Food, End Hunger, Save the Planet: Free Community Workshop! 

Saturday, May 14th, Saturday, May 21st and Saturday, May 28th, 2022 

10:00am - 12:00pm

Please register here: https://bit.ly/healthydaypartners

You can learn how to help end hunger in our community by growing a garden! 

Plant your own organic seedlings to grow in your garden, get tips for growing a lot of food in small spaces, try simple and tasty recipes using fresh bounty from the garden, and learn delicious ways to reduce food waste. Learn about the Homegrown Hunger Relief program in Encinitas. Workshop takeaways include organic seed packets, organic seedlings, local garden resource and planting guides, tricks of the trade for a zero-waste kitchen, and more! This workshop is sponsored by the City of Encinitas and hosted by Healthy Day Partners. 

Please pre-register for this event at the following link where you can choose your preferred date: https://bit.ly/healthydaypartners

The 7th Annual Zero Waste Fair!

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

10:00am - 1:00pm

Save the date for a fun and unique celebration of all things zero waste this summer! I Love A Clean San Diego, in partnership with the City of Encinitas, will be hosting the seventh annual Zero Waste Fair on Saturday, June 25th, from 10AM-1PM.

Our Zero Waste Fair is back in-person this year at the EUSD Farm Lab in Encinitas! Come ready to experience a wide array of zero waste activities, including informative presentations, booths from sustainable companies, and hands-on low waste DIYs.

This one-of-a-kind event will highlight tips on low-waste living, composting, recycling, sustainable swaps for everyday products, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discover local zero waste businesses, and win eco-conscious prizes!

Register for free at the link: Zero Waste Fair - Campaign (cleansd.org)

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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