Miramar Landfill: For the Public Good

Like many budget-squeezed governments, the City of San Diego is seeking to privatize public services and assets, in hopes of saving money. But the privatization track record shows it’s a poor gamble. Turning the public’s business over to private operators puts quality and safety at risk and often costs the community much more in the long run.

The Center on Policy Initiatives, the San Diego Sierra Club and other local organizations have warned of serious risks if Miramar is privatized, including:

  • Environmental harm to water and air quality as well as endangered species and habitats on the 1400-acre site
  • Loss of revenue from the landfill, which funds many community services
  • Loss of control over how waste is handled in San Diego and the costs to residents and businesses

The community services jeopardized include trash collection from public trash cans, litter and recycling enforcement, canyon and illegal dumping cleanup, community cleanups, dead animal pick-up and safety monitoring at 16 closed landfills.

Landfills contain many potentially toxic substances and produce explosive methane gas. City staff have run Miramar safely and efficiently for 50 years, turning the methane into electricity that powers city water plants and earning the highest international certification for environmental standards.