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San Diego recycling rate hits high at 65 percent

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Nearly 65 percent of the waste generated in San Diego last year was recycled, the highest rate since the city began keeping records, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today.

Sanders attributed the achievement to new stringent municipal recycling laws and outreach efforts.

"All San Diegans deserve credit for taking the message of recycling to heart," Sanders said. "It is a message my administration has been emphasizing since I took office almost four years ago."

In 2006, the city's so-called waste diverse rate was 55 percent. Now it's 64 percent.

According to Sanders' office, of the 4 million tons of trash generated in the city last year, 2.5 million tons was diverted away from the quickly filling Miramar Landfill.

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