Trash continues to pile up in San Diego County

Posted at 6:20 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 21:20:36-04

San Diegans are tossing more and more trash -- more than any other county in the state, according to a report from the research group Equinox Project at the Center for Sustainable Energy.

According to the most recently released data, San Diegans tossed 5.32 pounds of trash per person every day in 2014, which was an increase of 3 percent.

"As the economy improves, people buy more stuff. That stuff comes in packages," said Stephen Heverly, senior project manager at Equinox Project.

San Diego's amount is more than any other county, including Orange and Los Angeles, which have more established recycling initiatives.

Equinox Project released the trash report as part of their Dashboard report on quality of life issues in San Diego County.

The biggest trash makers in the county, per the report:

-- Del Mar, at more than 16 pounds per person
-- Coronado, at 10 pounds per person
-- Carlsbad, at 8 pounds per person

The Del Mar Fairgrounds and Naval Base Coronado were factored in, according to the report.

Those tossing out the least amount of trash are Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove and Oceanside. All of those cities were at less than 4 pounds per person.