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Binational Solid Waste Dialog

APRIL 6, 2018 — On March 21-22, Sherry Lippiatt, the California Regional Coordinator for the Marine Debris Program (MDP), participated in a binational workshop to discuss solid waste management and impacts on the ocean.

Group of people in front of stark landscape with trash.
Bronti Patterson with California State Parks leads a tour of the Goat Canyon Sediment Basin, located just downstream of the United States/Mexico Border, where trash capture infrastructure captures waste that enters the Tijuana River Valley from Mexico. Image credit: NOAA.

The workshop was hosted by the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR), and supported by funding through the MDP's Community-Based Removal grant opportunity. The first day of the workshop was held in Tijuana, Mexico, and included presentations from NOAA, EPA, and officials from the cities of San Diego and Tijuana. The second day was held on the United States side of the border, with tours of the Tijuana River Valley and the TRNERR. The tours included a demonstration of critical infrastructure to capture trash and sediment that enters the watershed in Mexico, and travels downstream into the U.S. The meeting also included tours of landfills on both sides of the border.

The workshop enhanced the waste management dialogue between the United States and Mexico, especially in the cities of San Diego and Tijuana. Both sides of the border have shared waste management challenges, with different resource allocations, infrastructure, and regulatory structures to address them. Participants recognized an opportunity to share lessons learned from California in source reduction and materials management, as Tijuana looks to expand their waste management infrastructure.

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Last updated Jun. 14, 2019