Port Hueneme has exceeded state requirements to reduce its landfill-bound garbage by 25%, officials said Thursday.
The state’s Integrated Waste Management Board found that Port Hueneme kept 28% of its waste out of landfills in 1995 and increased that to 39% in 1996.
“The progress Port Hueneme has made in cutting the amount of garbage going to landfills is phenomenal,” said board Chairman Daniel Pennington.
Implemented in 1990, the Integrated Waste Management Act requires that California cities enact programs to keep 25% of their garbage from going to landfills. Moorpark, Oxnard, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks also have met the state requirements.
Not meeting standards could lead cities to pay as much $10,000 a day in fines.
Cities like Port Hueneme have stepped up recycling and reclamation programs to keep landfills clear of reusable garbage.
Statewide, the program is being hailed a success as Californians continue to recycle one ton of garbage every three seconds and keep more than 100 million tons of garbage from clogging the state’s diminishing landfills.