Poway residents and businesses do a great job recycling and diverting solid waste from landfills.
Disposing less trash means that waste is diverted from landfills. Diversion is mandated by the state, which establishes a statistic for per capita disposal. A jurisdiction's disposal rate must be 50 percent or less than that amount. The City of Poway's per capita disposal rate complies with the state's 50 percent mandate.
Poway's comprehensive waste reduction and recycling program with the solid waste franchisee includes single-stream commingled recycling, green waste, and biannual self-haul events for bulky items.
Several local businesses are certified used oil collection centers.
Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (excluding holiday weekends).
City employees recycle at work and use resources as efficiently as possible. Items recycled from offices include electronics, paper, printer cartridges, plastic, beverage containers, batteries, and cardboard. Items recycled from operations include motor oil, tires, scrap metal, aluminum signs and poles, asphalt and concrete spoils, wooden pallets, paper, and cardboard packing.
The environment is considered when purchasing supplies. Several products such as paper, playground surfaces, picnic tables, trash cans, landscape mulch, road base material, some paint, auto parts, and retread tires contain recycled material.