A: Due to recycling and diversion activities, the number of tons of trash buried at the Miramar Landfill each year has been decreasing over the past few years. Approximately 1.4 million tons of refuse are buried each year. This is down from a high of about 1.8 million in 1988.
A: Landfill life projections are subject to variance, as it is difficult to project waste generation rates and recycling and diversion reductions over time. Current estimates anticipate that Miramar Landfill will last until about 2030 according to the Disposal Division of the Environmental Services Department.
A: State of California law and the City of San Diego’s Municipal Code prohibit the landfilling of vehicle tires unless the tires are permanently reduced in volume by shredding or cutting lengthwise (like a bagel). On September 1, 2004, the City began charging $54 in addition to regular disposal fees for loads of shredded or cut tires. Here is a list of tire disposal vendors in San Diego County.