Fun Awaits at ILACSD’s Fall Social

Today’s post comes from I Love A Clean San Diego’s Director of Development MJB_beer& Marketing, Morgan Justice Black. She loves craft beer and a good party, and is in charge of coordinating our Fall Social!.It’s going to be an event to remember! 

 

 

What if I told you that for just $25 you could enjoy an afternoon of craft beer, food, games and getting to know other eco-minded San Diegans? Seems too good to be true, right? Well, it’s all happening on Saturday November 8th from 2pm – 5pm as I Love A Clean San Diego hosts its Fall Social fundraiser.

Building upon the success of last year’s Summer Social, ILACSD is teaming up with Karl Strauss Tasting Room & Beer Garden for an afternoon of fun to benefit our pollution prevention programs countywide. If you haven’t been to the Karl Strauss Tasting Room yet, you’re in for a treat!

With a rotating selection of more than 20 beers on tap, there are always new brews to enjoy!

With a rotating selection of more than 20 beers on tap, there are always new brews to enjoy!

 

Their expansive tasting room includes windows to give guests a sneak peek into the brewery operations, including the bottling line and the beer lab. Plus, they have a big outdoor space with games galore. Whether you are a board game aficionado, or prefer to try your luck with a game of corn hole or ladder ball, the Fall Social will give you the opportunity for some friendly competition among guests.

Pony up to the bar and sample one of their delicious brews. Staff favorites include: Red Trolley Ale, Oktoberfest and NZ Pacifica Session IPA.

Pony up to the bar and sample one of their delicious brews. Staff favorites include: Red Trolley Ale, Oktoberfest and NZ Pacifica Session IPA.

 

Back by popular demand, ILACSD’s growler toss! Think ring toss at the fair, but the ring has to land around the neck of a growler. If you participate, you could win a free growler complete with a fill up! Bring your keen wit for board games, your precision for ladder ball, corn hole and growler toss, and your wallet for our silent auction and raffle! All adult guests should also bring their photo ID to purchase additional beers.

 

It's not an ILACSD fundraiser without a great silent auction & raffle, so don't forget your wallet!

It’s not an ILACSD fundraiser without a great silent auction & raffle, so don’t forget your wallet!

But first, you need tickets! Adults are $25 and kids get in for FREE. Aside from admission, your ticket gets you your first pint, food, and a commemorative pint glass so that you can reminisce about the great time you had at ILACSD’s Fall Social all year round!

Buy your tickets today!

Ditch the Disposable Lifestyle: Choose Reusables

Today’s blog comes from one of our environmental educators, Monica! Each and every day she integrates reusable items into her daily routine in efforts to reduce the waste she generates. In this blog, Monica provides great Eco Tips and clearly shows how you, too, can ditch the disposable lifestyle!

 

That’s me drinking water at the I Love A Clean San Diego office. Reusable cup and reusable straw: Check!

As an environmental educator at ILACSD, I constantly talk about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  As many of you know, these Rs are not in random order; the most important one comes first, REDUCE.

I was shocked to hear about the amount of trash the average San Diegan produces in a day. How much, you ask? On average, each person produces 5.5 lbs of trash per day. That’s over 2,000 lbs of trash per person per year! Last year, I decided to do something about this. I increased the amount of REUSEables in my life and have REDUCEd my waste by 75%.

This is how I do it:

Morning Coffee

Stopped to buy some refreshing iced coffee in my reusable cup.

6 am – Morning Coffee

Like most people, I need to drink coffee every morning. Just like I’ve become dependent on caffeine, I’m dependent on my reusable coffee tumbler.

Eco Tip:

- If you have time to sit down and enjoy your coffee at your favorite coffee shop, ask for a real mug.

12 pm – Lunch time

On most days, I make my lunch at home and bring it to the office. My lunch contents change from day to day but one thing that stays the same is that I always make sure to use reusables. Disposable silverware and zip lock baggies? No thank you!

Reusable lunch items

Typical lunch bag contents.

These are my lunch bag contents:
– Reusable Pyrex container holding my home-made enchiladas.

- 2 tangerines in their own compostable peel.

- Reusable bamboo utensils

- Reusable water bottle

Eco Tip:

Attention Parents: If your children only eat their fruit if it is pre- peeled or sliced, place the prepped fruit in a reusable container instead of a disposable, non-recyclable bag.

Reusable waterbottle

I brought my Life Factory reusable water bottle on a hike. Remember to stay hydrated!

6 pm – After work work-out

Whether I go to yoga class, on a hike, or a walk, I always make sure to bring my reusable water bottle. Did you know that Americans throw out 50 billion plastic bottles every year?! The solution is pretty simple, REUSE!

7 pm – Evening Grocery shopping

If I’m running low on groceries I’ll make a quick stop at one of my neighborhood stores or the farmer’s market. I usually plan ahead and have my reusable bags with me but I also make sure to leave some in my trunk for those unplanned trips to the store.

To further reduce my waste, I choose products based on packaging. The more packaging they have, the less likely I am to buy it, and I especially love buying from the bulk bins.

Reuseable bag for bulk items

I use my smaller reusable bags to purchase chocolates from Sprout’s bulk bins!

Eco Tip:

- Buy in bulk! If you use a jar or plastic container, have a cashier weigh it beforehand, some containers already have the weight on them!

There are so many things you can buy in bulk: coffee, pasta, chocolates, beans, flour, lentils, rice, oatmeal, trail mix, and nuts are just a few of the options. The OB People’s Organic Food Market, Sprouts, North Gate Market, North Park Produce, and Whole Foods all have a wide variety of bulk food items.

I also use my reusable produce bags when I buy produce. If the produce has a hard peel, I go without a bag completely.

You can buy reusable produce bags online, or DIY!

This is how I bundle my produce. Some items are placed loosely in my cart and other items are in bags. Do what works best for you!

These are just a few of the ways I choose to reuse every day. It’s all about rethinking and making conscious choices that better our environment. It can be a little hard at first, but before you know it, it becomes part of your daily routine!

 

 

Pledge to B.Y.O reusables to the 30th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20th! Last year, 68% of volunteers pledged to bring at least one reusable item: work gloves, water bottle, and bucket. Sign up today!

 

 

 

 

4 Ways to Add Fun to Your Next Cleanup!

Today’s blog comes one of our interns, Christian! Christian spent his summer with us learning about the ins and outs of an environmental non-profit. For this blog, we asked Christian to take a quick stroll through Liberty Station where our office is located. You’ll be surprised by what he discovered along the way.

During my fifteen minute walk around Liberty Station, I found 3 plastic spoons, 24 cigarette butts, 4 plastic wrappers, and a plastic bowl still filled with ice cream.  If I found this on a short fifteen minute walk, imagine what you could find in your neighborhood.

It may seem tedious to pick up litter, but who says that it has to be boring?

Here are 4 ways you can add an element of fun to your next cleanup!

Mary Poppins“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP! – the job’s a game!”- Mary Poppins

Make a game – Add a basketball hoop to trashcan. Shoot for that three-pointer and remember to always get the rebound!  This is a great way to encourage kids to throw away trash for the fun of it, too.

Trash-ure Hunt – Make a treasure hunt for you or a group of people where they have to find like: 5 candy wrappers, 5 plastic items (such as water bottles or bags), 10 cans or glasses, 1 spoon and fork, a plastic plate to go with it, etc.

treatGive yourself a reward – For every piece of trash you throw away, give yourself 5 points and once you reach 100 points you can treat yourself!  This would be a great way to motivate you to throw away your trash as well as litter.

Trash Bucket Challenge – Looking for an alternative to the ALS ice bucket challenge? Grab a reusable bucket and participate in the Trash Bucket Challenge! Take 15 – 20 minutes and once you’ve filled your bucket, take it to a local trash or recycling bin – it’s that easy! Don’t forget to nominate your friends to do that same.

If you don’t have a bucket or reusable container, you can use a bag.

ILACSD is hosting a countywide trash bucket challenge on September 20th! Sign up for the 30th annual Coastal Cleanup Day here and remember to pledge to BYO reusables: bucket, work gloves and water bottle!

Save the Date

 

Lemon Grove Teachers Mentor Young Environmentalists

SONY DSCOur Marketing Coordinator, Sarah, had the opportunity to interview two more Coastal Cleanup site captains! Our site captains come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and expertise. Our first site captain spotlight focused on a City Heights family, Jody and Dennis. Today, we wish to highlight another dynamic duo – two teachers from Mount Miguel High School, James McFarland and Todd Linke.

James and Todd have been active environmentalists since they were students themselves. Now, as teachers at Mt. Miguel High School, they are in a position to pass on their knowledge and passion for the environment to the next generation of environmental advocates through the school’s Eco Club.

Over the past two years, Todd and James have helped broaden the reach and impact of the club. What started as a group that focused on recycling cans and bottles has grown to do so much more. Today, the Eco Club is an environmentally educated, student-led group dedicated to the protection and enhancement of their local environment.

MMHS Eco Club at Creek to Bay 2014

Mt. Miguel High School students at our 2014 Creek to Bay cleanup! (Todd, far right; James, center)

Todd further explained that, because of the club’s strong student leadership, students often help coordinate field trips, invite guest speakers, as well as participate in cleanups. Last spring, after they participated in ILACSD’s Creek to Bay cleanup, the students voiced an interest in Coastal Cleanup Day so Todd and James gladly signed up to be site captains! This will be their very first Coastal Cleanup Day!

“The students were so excited after they participated in Creek to Bay that we wanted to continue to provide similar opportunities.” – James

Both Todd and James strive to serve as role-models for their students and instill the value, “think globally, and act locally”. Through their participation in hands-on cleanup experiences, students, and potentially other community members, are provided with a better understanding of real issues that impact San Diego County. Such opportunities serve as a reminder that every action we take is important.

When asked, “What is your favorite part of our cleanups?” James noted that it engages like-minded individuals to come together for a common good – “from children to little old ladies”. Events such as CCD and Creek to Bay serve as a reminder that “you’re not alone in your efforts to protect the environment.” James mentioned that after each cleanup, his students often report that they “feel uplifted and full of hope.”

MMHS Eco Club students at our 2014 Creek to Bay Clean up

MMHS Eco Club students work together to remove debris from their neighborhood, including this large tire!

Eco Club member at ILACSD's Creek to Bay cleanup

Eco Club member lends a hand to keep her Lemon Grove neighborhood clean and beautiful!

Similarly, Todd mentioned that his favorite part is to witness a youth or a community member have their first “ah ha” moment; when they realize that they have made an immediate, positive impact in their community. During our interview, Todd reflected on the moment that a spark was lit inside of him – he was a sophomore in college planting trees. There was something about having his hands in the soil, acting locally, that even 20 years later he continues to remember that moment.

Although their site, Chollas Creek – Lemon Grove, isn’t a well-known cleanup site, James noted that there are pieces of nature that are easily missed. There are several nearby parks and canyons that commonly fill with street litter that has been carried away by the wind. Additionally, it is a residential area full of families and students who want to take pride in their neighborhood.

One challenge that many club members face is a lack of transportation which often hinders their ability to attend certain club activities. To help eliminate this barrier, James and Todd specifically selected a site that is in their neighborhood. If you are interested in joining James, Todd and the students of the Mt. Miguel High School Eco Club, please click here!

“It’s easy, fun and it makes an immediate impact that you can see and feel.” – Todd

MMHS Eco Club 2014

Todd and James (far left) and San Diego’s new generation of environmental stewards at Creek to Bay 2014!

Modern Time Capsule: CCD Celebrates 30th Anniversary

SONY DSCToday’s blog comes from ILACSD’s Marketing Coordinator, Sarah!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) and we are proud to say that San Diego County has participated for the last 25+ years!  CCD is an event that is synonymous with community pride and environmental conservation throughout the world, evidenced by the fact that close to 100 countries participated in the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup

What started as a small-scale endeavor more than 25 years ago has now expanded to include 100+ cleanup sites, including a bi-national site, and 7,500 volunteers.  The event has succeeded in transforming the local environment and the minds of volunteers on the third Saturday of September each year. While there are many Coastal Cleanup Day events throughout the state of California, San Diego County strives to distinguish ourselves. Check out some of our most historic moments over the past 25 years!

Sep 1989 – ILACSD coordinates San Diego’s first ever Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer cleanup event of the year in support of the marine environment.

 CCD_1991_borderfield2Sep 1991 – ILACSD works to host California’s first, and only, bi-national Coastal Cleanup Day site, with volunteers cleaning up both sides of the US-Mexico border, where they are able to see and communicate with each other through the border fence.

Sep 1996 – San Diego ranks #2 in the state for the most participants and the largest amount of trash picked up from California beaches for ILACSD’s 8th annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Sep 2004 – ILACSD partners with grassroots organization, Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental, to expand the reach of its bi-national cleanups.            

beach clean up FINAL 19About a decade ago, I Love A Clean San Diego was introduced to an energetic woman, Margarita Diaz, from Tijuana who wanted to expand the grassroots cleanups that she was doing in Playas de Tijuana into something bigger. The problem was she didn’t have the resources or training to make that happen. San Diego County coordinators recognized that San Diego and Tijuana share a watershed, so they decided to include Playas de Tijuana consistently into their regional coordination. We supplied our friends with bags, gloves and data cards, as well as training on how to recruit volunteers and organize a seamless cleanup event.

"The environment knows no borders..."Today, Margarita and her team at Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental need little guidance from their San Diego colleagues. In fact, their small scale effort has grown to more than 2,000 volunteers and two dozen cleanup sites along the Baja coast as well as farther east along the US-Mexico border. Through this unique bi-national partnership, Coastal Cleanup Day reinforces the message that the environment knows no borders, and it’s up to us to work collaboratively to prevent pollution and marine debris.

Natalie's first CCD!

Natalie’s first Coastal Cleanup Day in 2006.

Sep 2006 – ILACSD blasts through the 5,000 volunteer mark with 5,850 participants during California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Sep 2007 – Natalie’s very first Coastal Cleanup (second from the right) – Seven years later, she coordinates CCD as ILACSD’s Director of Community Events!

Sep 2009 – ILACSD’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a record 10,283 volunteers in San Diego County. 

Sep 2014 – What will we have to say about the 30th Anniversary? Be a part of history, sign up today at cleanupday.org!

 

Save the Date

Remember to pledge to bring your own (B.Y.O) reusables: work gloves, water bottle, and bucket to collect litter. Last year, 68% of volunteers pledged to bring at least one item. Every effort, no matter how small, makes a grand impact!

From Cereal Box to Time Machine…

Erika, Education CoordinatorOur Education Coordinator, Erika, is the author of our blog today! Read more below about how our educators helped children transform common items into expressions of creativity!

 

 

 

What ties cereal boxes, Trader Joes, the County of San Diego, I Love A Clean San Diego, and 32 elementary school students together? Our new reuse program, brought to you by the County of San Diego.

R1_Reuse_2014_noPR (3)Last month, my coworker, Monica, and I were taking our break at Trader Joe’s, and as we passed aisles of cookie butter and ginger snaps, we noticed an employee with a dolly-loaded with collapsed boxes. Most people wouldn’t think twice about cardboard boxes, but to an ILACSD educator, those recyclables have endless reuse possibilities. We started a conversation and found that after boxes are emptied, they are crushed and returned to the delivering company, along with pallets and plastic bags, to be recycled. Little did they know that these boxes can be reused prior to recycling! We explained our new reuse program – we educate students about the benefits of reuse and provide them with opportunities to create long lasting toys through objects that are often regarded as waste.  After our conversation, and with the store’s approval, Monica and I loaded our arms with our new treasures and trekked back to ILACSD headquarters.

While most of us are knowledgeable of the important role reuse plays in waste reduction, three common reuse items come to mind: bags, mugs, and water bottles. Fewer people realize that most products we use have the potential to have a second, third, or fourth life before they hit the iconic blue bin. Our goal is to change that one time use mindset and our reuse program does exactly that!

R1_Reuse_Lakeside_2014_noPR (12)_resizedThrough imagination and cardboard boxes, our reuse program encourages students to rethink the idea of waste.  In our first reuse program, students let their imagination run wild for almost two hours and they begged us to stay longer! We were blown away by the students’ creativity. Some of my favorite projects included, a stable, dollhouse, and time machine! Instead of buying a new toy or game, these students were completely captivated by their creations.

The next time you take a box or can to the recycle bin, I challenge you to try to create something new. The possibilities are endless!

Reuse graphic

If you’re interested in learning more about our environmental education presentations, please click here or email Erika directly at ebjorkquist@cleansd.org.

Jody & Dennis: The Masterminds Behind Cooper Canyon

SONY DSCToday we wish to highlight Coastal Cleanup Day site captains, Dennis Wood and Jody Carey! Sarah, ILACSD’s Marketing Coordinator, interviewed Dennis to learn more about what inspires them to volunteer!

 

 

Jody, Dennis, and their son, Sam!

Jody, Dennis, and their son, Sam at CCD 2013

Jody and Dennis moved into their City Heights’ home near Cooper Canyon in 2004 and they soon found their niche in the community through participating in community beautification organizations – FaceLift and City Heights Canyons and Communities Alliance (CHCCA). It was through these organizations that they connected with and were inspired by community leader and longstanding ILACSD volunteer, Linda Pennington. Jody and Dennis participated in their very first Coastal Cleanup Day in 2005, became site captains in 2008 and have served every year since.

 

Cooper Canyon Cleanup (7)As business owners of Carey Construction and Design, Jody and Dennis bring with them not only a background in construction, but also a great deal of creativity. Dennis mentioned during his interview that his husband, Jody, is the visionary and each year they focus on one specific project. During the first couple of years, they focused on removing overgrown invasive plants (arundo and castor bean) – one year they even found an abandoned car among the overgrown plants!

 

After a few years of hard work to eliminate the overgrowth of invasive plants, Jody and Dennis are now able to focus on beautification and maintenance. They have added a defensible space against wildfires, new fencing, and more native plants!

City Council member and District 9 representative, Marti Emerald, stopped by to thank Jody and Dennis for all their hard work!

City Council member and District 9 representative, Marti Emerald, stopped by to thank Jody and Dennis for all their hard work!

 

Over the past 9 years, they have not only helped transform the physical appearance of Cooper Canyon, they have played a role in the transformation of the neighborhood’s culture. Dennis and Jody have witnessed neighbors that once were closed-off, now open their doors to their fellow neighbors. Additionally, new home buyers, as well as local political leaders, have taken a new-found interest in this neighborhood, because of the care and leadership that Jody, Dennis, and their cleanup teams have demonstrated.

 

 

When asked, “What is your favorite part of Coastal Cleanup Day?” Dennis shared these inspirational words:

“Seeing a light bulb switch on for youth – at the beginning of the day they seem skeptical, but by the end of the day they feel empowered.”

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One youth in particular, has grown up in the neighborhood and has participated in multiple cleanups. Now, he brings his parents to cleanups and even leads groups of adults! Dennis mentioned that, “witnessing change across multiple generations is very powerful.”

If you are thinking of volunteering for the 30th anniversary Coastal Cleanup Day, please take these words from Dennis into consideration: “To be a pair of hands among 8,000 people is an incredible feeling and the reward is greater than you can imagine.”

 

Coastal Cleanup Day 2013 - Cooper Canyon

Please visit www.cleanupday.org to register today!

In addition to their CCD site, Jody and Dennis are well-known for their participation in the impressive renovation of the Manzanita Gathering Place.

In addition to their CCD site, Jody and Dennis are well-known for their participation in the impressive renovation of the Manzanita Gathering Place.

Scoop the Poop: Alternatives to Plastic Bags

Bethany_croppedDuring our environmental education presentations, our educators receive a variety of thought provoking questions from youth. Today’s blog, comes from Bethany, one of our environmental educators, who was recently asked: “Isn’t it bad for our landfills for us to scoop the poop in a plastic bag and throw it away?” Thankfully, Bethany is here to fill you in on great alternatives to plastic bags for disposing of pet waste*.

It is beautiful to see students thinking critically about the information we share with them and seeking to go the extra mile to help the environment.  Not only should we be scooping the poop, but why not do it in the most environmentally-friendly way possible?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local water bodies[1].”

How can we scoop poop off the grass and into the toilet or trash without using plastic bags?  Here are a few ideas that will keep bacteria ridden pet waste out of our storm drains without adding plastic to our landfills:

  • Cadet Hands off Pet Waste RemoverPortable pooper scooper for walks

 

  • Rake and ShovelPooper scooper rake for the backyard
    • There are many rake and shovel options. You can buy one made especially for poop scooping, or you can just grab a rake or shovel from the shed.  If you’re going to flush the poop, save on flushes by collecting the poop in a small metal trashcan outside to be able to flush more waste at one time.
    • Four Paws Sanitary Pooper Scooper
    • Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin and Rake

 

 

  • Flush Puppies flushable bags
    • Flush PuppiesFlush Puppies are made from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) – a water-soluble, eco-friendly, “green” alternative to plastic. Unlike plastic bags or other “biodegradable” bags, Flush Puppies actually break down in water.  Bag it, toss it in the toilet, and flush!

 

  • Newspaper
    • Take a few sheets of newspaper with you on your walk and use it to scoop the poop. You can flush the poop at home and toss the paper in the trash or simply toss both in the trash.  This does contribute paper to the landfill, but it is a more eco-friendly solution than throwing a plastic bag in the landfill. Please do not put pet waste in your green waste receptacle.

[1] http://water.epa.gov/action/weatherchannel/stormwater.cfm

*”Pet waste” refers specifically to dog waste. Cat waste is not flush-able. 

Don’t be a sucker! Consider Reusable Straws

Monica_Program AssistantToday’s blog comes from one of our Program Assistants, Moriah! Many of us are knowledgeable about reusable items such as water bottles, but very few  know about sustainable straws. Thankfully, Moriah has done all the research about plastic vs. sustainable straws for you!

In the US, over 500 million plastic straws are used and thrown away daily. Imagine what 500 million plastic straws looks like. That amount of straws would fill over 127 school buses every day, and more than 46,400 school buses every year!

Although disposable straws are made of plastic, and theoretically recyclable, straws are too light weight to be recycled in San Diego’s recycling facilities. Instead of being recycled, straws end up in landfills or as litter. Litter in the streets eventually makes its way to our creeks, streams, beaches, and finally, the Pacific Ocean.  Plastic litter accounted for over 84% of all of the litter picked up during our cleanups last year. Specifically during last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day and Adopt-A-Beach Program, ILACSD volunteers picked up 5,334 straws.

ILACSD is here to help you kick your plastic straw habit!  The next time you come by our office (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., 92106) or attend one of our cleanup events, ask about our newest piece of merchandise: stainless steel reusable drinking straws!

ILACSD staff love their stainless steel straws!

Our staff doesn’t leave home, or the office, without their stainless steel straws!

The San Diego Safari Park and Zoo as well as Sea World have already done their part to reduce their plastic waste. You will not find single-use plastic lids or straws at either of these parks because they recognize how easy it is for wildlife to mistake litter for food – especially straws.

On a global scale, restaurants in SoHo, London have launched a campaign against single use plastic straws called “Straw Wars.” The “Straw Wars” campaign encourages patrons to refuse plastic straws and advocate for restaurants to either not give them out entirely or only upon request.

straws_in_can

Our stainless steel straws are great conversational pieces and make great gifts! 2 for $5, 4 for $10 or 8 for $20

If you agree that plastic straws are a thing of the past, you can either carry your own reusable straw or you can simply not use a straw.  In addition to ILACSD’s stainless steel straws, there are a variety of online retailers that have stylish, easy to clean glass and stainless steel straws. Make the switch today!

Behind the Scenes of Goodwill’s Aftermarket Facility

Barbaraa_teamToday’s post comes from one of ILACSD’s program assistants and hotline managers, Barbara! Recently, Barbara and our Hotline Manager, Amanda, took a tour of Goodwill’s aftermarket facility in Otay Mesa. Here is what they took away from their experience!

 

 

Many of us head to the nearest Goodwill location to donate our unwanted items, but do you ever wonder what happens to your donations? Conveniently, we’re here to give you the play-by-play.

At the facility, Goodwill collects and sorts any donations that are not fit for resale or donations that have sat in one of the Goodwill stores for too long. Goodwill has an extensive sorting process for recycling items and to minimize the amount that makes its way to the landfill.

Goodwill Aftermarket tourThe first stop on the tour was the electronics testing and disassembly area. Here, Goodwill employees first check if a donated electronic item works. If it does, Goodwill will sell it at one of its San Diego stores. Any non-working electronics are collected and sent to a certified electronics recycler. Also, in this area Goodwill employees wipe all hard drives, although Goodwill recommends clearing any hard drives before donating.

Goodwill's aftermarket auction boxes.As we continued through the warehouse, we saw where clothing and household items are sorted. These items are considered difficult to sell at Goodwill stores and are bundled together in large boxes to be auctioned off in bulk. Auctions are held daily and the public is welcome to attend and participate – we witnessed one on our tour, too! After paying, auction winners go through their boxes and take with them what they’d like. Any unwanted items go through the aftermarket facility again and are resold through the auction boxes.

Goodwill aftermarket facilityThe last stop on the tour was the recycling area where Goodwill employees break down and sort any recyclable material. Although Goodwill does not accept car seats as donations, they are sometimes left at donation collection sites. Instead of just throwing them away, Goodwill removes any recyclable material, like the hard plastic base, and has that part recycled. It was great to see all of Goodwill’s efforts to keep valuable resources out of our local landfills.

For information on Goodwill donation sites or other recycling options, check out WasteFreeSD.org today and RepairSD.org!


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