Show Me the Measures: Performance Measures for Environmental Services City of San Diego, CA Elmer Heap, Director Environmental Services Department. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. Seventh largest city in the USA Population: 1,223,400 Area: 342 square miles
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for Environmental Services
City of San Diego, CA
Elmer Heap, Director
Refuse Disposal Division
Maintain Closed Landfills
Regulatory ComplianceRefuse Disposal Division
“MIRAMAR: A full-scale waste management and environmental effort.”
--Waste Age Magazine, 1992
July 2002: The Refuse Disposal Division becomes registered to the ISO 14001 international Environmental Management System standard.
Miramar Landfill: The first municipally managed landfill in the country to successfully complete this rigorous certification process.
2003 “Solutions Winner”- Awarded by Public Technology Institute
One time implementation costs: $220,000, including, consultant, materials, training, travel, and ISO program specific labor costs over a two year period.
On-going (annual) cost savings: $2,162,000:
-$2,000,000 Heavy equipment rate savings by shutting off equipment during breaks and morning maintenance period.
- $80,000 diesel cost savings by shutting down heavy equipment during breaks and lunch periods.
$47,000 Plant protector/container reuse.
$29,000 water cost differential for using reclaimed water in place of potable water.
$ 6,000 water meter charge savings (Meter downsized from 6” to 4”)
Collection Services Division
Curbside Recycling Collection
Curbside Greenery Collection
FY 2004 Budget
$ 49.7 MCollection Services Division
2004 City Survey Results
97% Customer Satisfaction Rating!
With such a large geographical area to cover in the collection system, one of the priorities in reducing air emissions was to find a way to reduce miles traveled.
“How can we afford not to do it! It is not just sustainability that is at issue. We are, in fact, talking about the survivability of our communities, our countries, and our world. At the City of San Diego, there is always something we are working on, something we are planning, and something we are dreaming about that will contribute to a sustainable future.