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New Year, Greener You

It’s a new year and the time is right to make some small changes to live a greener, more sustainable life! Here at the airport, we take sustainability seriously. Below are some tips we have for our community on how to GO Green!

Recycle Right

Recycling can be confusing. What goes where? The answer is… it depends! While recycling is similar in most places, every city has its own list of recyclable items. Here at the airport, we follow the City of San Diego’s guidelines for recycling. We recycle all paper products, hard plastics, metals, and glass. We even recycle Styrofoam!

Before you put items in your recycling bin, make sure they are dry (it’s ok if they are stained… just make sure to scrape out food and dump liquid and check your local jurisdiction’s guidelines).

De-Clutter and Donate

Clean out your closet and donate the clothes you don’t wear to a local charity. A good rule of thumb is, if you have not worn it in a year, donate it! Did you know that at the airport we donate our unclaimed lost and found items? In 2016, we donated almost 5,000 items to our K9 training program and also sent over 8,000 items to auction so they can be reused. Our airport employees also donate to Goodwill twice a year at our bi-annual sustainability fairs.

Ride a bike, use public transit, or carpool more

Taking advantage of sustainable forms of transportation can be good for the environment, your health, and your wallet. For more information on how to get to the airport without driving your own car, check out our Public Transportation page.  You can even bike if you pack light! The San Diego Regional Bike Map can help you plan a convenient and scenic bicycle route to and from the airport. Once at the airport, cyclists should exercise caution travelling along the airport roadways and walk bikes on airport sidewalks. Bicycle lockers are located east of the Terminal 1 pedestrian bridge along the fence line (four bikes) and in the northeast corner of the Terminal 2 Parking Lot (four bikes). The lockers are FREE to San Diego County residents, but there is a $25 refundable key deposit required to use them, paid to SANDAG’s iCommute program. To use these lockers, and other SANDAG bicycle lockers in the San Diego region, sign up here.

Give Back to the Environment

Cleaning up the local environment helps with pollution and can be a fun activity for the whole family. Did you know that the airport hosts two cleanups a year at Spanish Landing Park? Anyone can attend! Join us and I Love a Clean San Diego in April at the Creek to Bay cleanup and in September at Coastal Cleanup Day. We will post on social media when registration is live (FB: https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoAirport/ Twitter: @SanDiegoAirport).

Throw Zero Waste Parties

Celebrate the new you and host a Zero Waste party! “Zero Wasting” an event can seem daunting. But did you know that Zero Waste doesn’t literally mean producing ZERO waste? A Zero Waste event achieves at least a 90 percent recycling rate and uses less disposable products in the first place. At the 2017 Airport Holiday Party, we took on the Zero Waste challenge and you can, too. Start by ditching disposables. At our Airport Holiday Party, we worked diligently with our caterer to ensure that all plates, glasses, and cutlery were reusable.

Next, if reusables are not possible, use recyclables! You can opt for post-consumer recycled materials that can also be recycled when you’re done with them. To make sure stuff gets recycled, ensure ample recycling bins and signage! At the airport we strive for 1-to-1 bin pairing in the terminals, behind the scenes, and at our events. If you want people to recycle, make it as easy as possible. Place your blue recycling cans, with a sign of what can go inside, directly next to each of your trash cans.

Finally, compost if you can! One of the biggest environmental impacts comes from composting food waste— and we composted over 45 gallons of it at our holiday party! To get the food and napkin composting job done, we partnered with Closing the Loop. You can also learn more about composting at home from local groups like the Solana Center or the City of San Diego.

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