Solid Waste and Recycling
Burlingame is part of a regional JPA that manages solid waste collection and recycling services for several cities. Under California law, the JPA is required to divert waste from landfills (recycle and reduce) to achieve State waste reduction and pollution prevention goals. Burlingame residents, businesses, and local institutions have shown a clear commitment to reducing the waste stream, having achieved a 60 percent waste diversion rate as of 2016. The City has led by example through its Environmental Purchasing Policy and sponsorship of zero waste City events. Even with the tremendous success the City and JPA have achieved, additional waste reduction will be attained through increased recycling opportunities, new goals and programs for businesses and institutions, more home composting, and sustainable purchasing practices that extend to residents and businesses.
For additional policies related to solid waste reduction and recycling, refer to the Healthy People and Healthy Places Element.
Achieve waste reduction goals in excess of State mandates.