Anaheim Wins Praise for Relying Less on Landfills

From a Times Staff Writer

Anaheim has been praised by the California Integrated Waste Management Board for diverting 50% of its waste in 2000, meeting the goal of the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989.

The city’s accomplishment was announced Wednesday. Anaheim was also cited for, among other things, its successful implementation of “several waste reduction and recycling programs that effectively boost its landfill diversion rate.” The board singled out the city’s efforts to reduce waste from hotels and Disneyland.

At the same time, the board announced that several other cities, including Tustin, had requested and been granted extensions for complying with the law.

The law was designed to reduce the waste that goes to landfills, particularly by encouraging recycling. Tustin, which has so far reduced its waste by 35%, will have until Dec. 31, 2003, to increase that to 50%, the board said.