Although officials are pleased with the first year of a pilot recycling program, the City Council has delayed expanding the program to all single-family homes until June 30.
Michael Morgan, the city's interim solid waste management coordinator, said that to comply with state recycling and waste regulations, he needs more time to complete the city's plan.
In addition, the extra time will be used to proceed with plans for a facility that would process recyclables from Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel.
Morgan said the cities and the county are now considering several five- to 10-acre sites for the recovery facility. However, only one--the Prima Deshecha Landfill outside San Juan Capistrano--is being discussed publicly. The city now uses that site for waste disposal.