Almost 910,000 tons of trash is disposed of yearly at the Miramar Landfill.
The landfill spans over 1,500 acres and is the City of San Diego's only active landfill.
The landfill opened on Dec. 7, 1959, and has since operated in three areas: north, south and west.
The South Miramar Landfill operated from 1959 to 1973. The North Miramar Landfill operated from 1973 to 1983. The West Miramar Landfill, which is still in operation today, opened in 1983.
At this environmentally secure, lined landfill, the City's trash is covered daily in conformance with regulatory and environmental requirements.
Methane, a greenhouse gas, produced as a byproduct of the landfill, is captured and used to provide 90 percent of the fuel to power electrical generators at the Metropolitan Biosolids Center and North City Water Reclamation Plant to total 10 megawatts.
High-quality mulch, compost, and wood chips are made at the Greenery and are available to the public.
Location and Hours
The Miramar Landfill and Recycling Center is located at 5180 Convoy Street, San Diego.
Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note, the Miramar Landfill and Recycling Center are closed on Sundays.
LANDFILL: Self-dumping vehicles accepted until 4:30 p.m. and NO clean fill dirt program trucks after 4 p.m.
GREENERY: City Personnel Tractor Loading "only" until 4:30 p.m. (fees apply)
The Miramar Landfill and Recycling Center is CLOSED on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
During rain or other weather-related conditions, the landfill and greenery operations reserves the right to temporarily close to vehicles with trailers for safety reasons. This would occur in the event conditions at the tipping deck are not conducive to the maneuvering of vehicles with trailers. It is a safety issue to the public and employees and a hindrance to operations when dealing with incapacitated vehicles.
Approximately 275,000 vehicles bring trash to the Miramar Landfill each year.
About 1,050-1,100 customers bring materials to the landfill each day.
The landfill is open 306 days a year, rain or shine.
About 3,900 tons of trash are accepted on weekdays and lesser amounts on Saturdays.
Customers' vehicles are randomly checked for hazardous materials.
Approximately 44,000 pounds of hazardous substances are discovered and diverted for proper disposal each year.
San Diego, with a population of over 1.4 million, disposes approximately 1.58 million tons of trash per year. The Miramar Landfill receives approximately 870,000 tons of trash per year. At this rate of disposal, the only City-run landfill, the Miramar Landfill, will likely be filled to capacity by 2025.
The City's waste reduction and recycling programs have helped extend the landfill's working life, originally scheduled to close as early as 1995.
All cities in California are required to reduce, reuse or recycle half of their trash or be subjected to a $10,000 per day fine. In 2004, the City of San Diego met this requirement with a 52 percent diversion rate. Today we are at a 66 percent diversion rate.
Trash composition studies indicate that 76 percent of San Diego's trash can be recycled.
San Diegans throw away enough recyclables to
energize over 181,000 households for a year;
conserve 3,355,937 barrels of oil;
fuel over 400 cars for a year (156,610,400 gallons/25 miles per gallon/15,000 miles/year)