[San Mateo County] Grand jury says waste disposal crisis looms


A busy San Mateo County civil grand jury issued another report on Tuesday, this one noting “huge challenges” in managing the recycling and waste streams throughout the county.

The report notes a particular concern on the coast. It says population growth and a booming economy have increased the tonnage dumped at Ox Mountain by 20 percent since 2012. It says the dump off of Highway 92 will reach capacity by 2034 unless county residents somehow increase recycling efforts and decrease what they throw in the trash. The report says it could take 15 years to approve a new landfill location.

Other issues include a lack of foreign buyers for recycling and difficulties inherent in reaching organic waste reduction targets.

The report can be accessed at sanmateocourt.org.

July 31, 2019

Half Moon Bay Review