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San Diego Airport Earns Recycling Accolades

For the ninth consecutive year, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which owns and operates San Diego International (SAN), was named a Recycler of the Year by the city of San Diego.

The award recognizes key advancements in waste reduction and recycling. SAN has received the award 11 times in the past 13 years.

“The airport authority is committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable manner,” says Thella Bowens, its president and CEO. “Our waste diversion and recycling program is an integral part of our sustainability strategy and we greatly appreciate the city’s recognition of our efforts.”

In 2014, SAN diverted nearly 100,000 tons of waste from landfills, including 98,000 tons of construction waste and 1,243 tons of other recyclable materials recovered from the waste stream. Not counting construction waste, SAN recycled 18 percent more waste in 2014 than in 2013, and 47 percent more than in 2012.

Its advancements in 2014, airport officials say, included ensuring that composing was taking place at all 41 onsite restaurants and initiating the recovery of condensate from air conditioning units.