Should the City of San Diego keep the Miramar Landfill?

by on August 3, 2010 · 2 comments

in Culture, Economy, Environment, Health, San Diego

Miramar landfill trash

Editor: One of our original contributors and former OBcean, Jon Christensen, finally got his piece about the Miramar Landfill in the San Diego Union-Tribune’s oped page. Here is its opening.

By Jon Christensen / Union-Tribune / August 1, 2010

Why is selling the Miramar Landfill a good idea? Like a used car with 150,000 miles, it’s mostly used up, at least according to the campaign for a new landfill in Gregory Canyon in the North County. Miramar’s life as a landfill can be measured in months rather than years. So it must be a good idea to sell it now. Once filled up, there’s limited commercial value; you can’t build on a landfill. Parks, playgrounds, parking lots or just open space is their destiny.

The city of San Diego can’t afford to run the parks it has now. Is the plan to unload the liability while the landfill still operates? What about the next disposal site? What about Gregory Canyon? Would that be a private for-profit operation?  Perhaps the city hopes to reduce liability? Unfortunately, the law compels San Diego to retain the liability for the consequences of the landfill for, well, forever. Selling the property will not relieve the city of liability.

The county is often mentioned in news articles concerning Miramar. True, the county divested itself of its landfills, but it retained liability for their contents. Given what landfills are and given what government does, it’s not a simple matter of handing the keys over and walking away.

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avatar Tony Ruiz III August 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

How much revenue does the landfill bring into the City each and every year?
How many more years can the site be used?
How much is the City being offered for this service?
What would be the impact of trash pick up costs to the citizens ?
And would the sale of the landfill have the possible result of creating a monopoly?
As we can all see there are many questions that must be answered before we trust a outside for profit contractor with a environmentaly sensitive landfill.

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avatar Andy Cohen August 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

So I’m guessing that it would be in our best interests for the city to continue to maintain and operate landfill services?

Pretty strong argument as to why privatizing everything is not always in the public’s best interest.

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