Environmental Sustainability

The primary role of the Environmental Services Division is to manage the City’s integrated waste management activities, which include solid waste franchise administration and compliance with the CalRecycle requirements for reduction of waste thrown into the landfill. La Mesa has an exclusive franchise agreement with EDCO Disposal Corporation for solid waste disposal and recycling services. Household hazardous waste and electronic and universal waste disposal and recycling are also coordinated through this division.

Climate action and other sustainability efforts are updated here, so be sure to check back for more news and information. 

News and Updates!

100% Renewable Electricity Feasibility Study - The cities of La Mesa, Santee, and Chula Vista launched a joint community choice energy (also known as CCA) study to assess the feasibility of each city offering 100% renewable energy to residents and businesses. The City of La Mesa, in partnership with the La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission, will host a CCA informational meeting on June 17th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM to provide an overview of CCAs and give an update on the City's feasibility study. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Council Chambers. You can learn more about the public informational meeting and on our CCA page.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - Make an appointment to dispose of your hazardous waste at our next Household Hazardous Waste collection event on May 11th. Lean more today!

Paper Shredding Event - Save the date for EDCO's paper shredding event on June 22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Limit two boxes per La Mesa household. Learn more!

FY19-21 CAP Implementation Plan - City Council approved La Mesa's first CAP Implementation Plan. The CAP Implementation Plan was developed as an action plan to outline the near-term activities the City will pursue over the next two years. Learn more on our Climate Action page.

Mandatory Organics Recycling for Businesses - In 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826 into law requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste (food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, etc.) depending on the amount of waste generated per week. The law phases the requirements and includes more businesses over time so be sure to learn more about the requirements today.

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