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Goal 5: Divert 100% of waste from Landfill and Convert Waste to Energy
Zero Waste - Residential Waste, Yard Trimmings, and Recycling Improperly disposed materials pollute the air we breathe, our lands and waterways

Resource extraction and production and transportation of goods contribute significantly to harmful air emissions. Reusing products and reducing waste can help keep our air, land, and water clean.
      


Using Diversion and Innovation to Become a Zero Waste City

Go Green Schools ProgramWe want San José to become a zero waste city. Zero Waste is a systems approach to eliminating the impacts of products and packaging, resource use and reutilization through the implementation of modern materials management and greenhouse gas reduction programs. Impacts are designated as upstream impacts (e.g., pre-consumer, resource extraction, and production of goods) and downstream impacts (e.g., post-consumer, end of life, and waste management).

Instead of sending 494,000 tons of garbage to our landfills annually, we are working to divert 100 percent of the waste we generate. Currently, San José has one of the highest recycling rates in the nation. We recycle over 73 percent of our garbage and trash citywide.

First, we start by reducing the quantity of waste we create. We will increase the amount we recycle, and we’ll reuse more products. In addition, San José will become a world leader in adopting cutting-edge technologies that transform waste into usable energy. Through partnerships with innovative companies, San José will convert solid waste and biosolids into biodiesel, methanol, biogas, and electricity that will power municipal facilities.

 
Performance Metrics

Trash Diverted From Landfills

Trash Diverted from Landfills

 
 View the graphs below for additional metrics related to Zero Waste:
 

 Waste Converted to Energy Tons  Waste Converted to Energy kWh

Waste Converted to Energy Tons

 Waste Converted to Energy kWh