[1THING] Blog: Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

[ No yard, no problem! Composting in small spaces. ]

Many of you already know about traditional backyard composting, but there are other options out there to help you recycle your organics at home. Today, I’ll cover some basics on two composting methods you may not have heard of yet: vermicomposting and bokashi.

Earlier this year, our Hotline Manager, Amanda, wanted to increase her composting knowledge, much like our Education Manager and Master Composter-in training, Erika. After taking a series of classes, Amanda wanted todreamstime_s_16107361 (2) share these two new methods that are great for small spaces. Read on to learn the basics of two innovative composting methods; perhaps you’ll find one that works for you! 

To Read the Full Article from I Love a Clean San Diego, CLICK HERE. 


[ WFSD FAQ: Top Recycling Questions from 2016 ]

This is a pretty interesting read of Frequently Asked Questions from I LOVE A CLEAN SAN DIEGO.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-old-tv-set-fridge-dump-image8258770

Did you know I Love A Clean San Diego received more than 13,000 inquiries in 2016 through the WasteFreeSD.org database and call center combined? That’s right! WasteFreeSD.org answers all your recycling questions and it is just a click away! With that in mind, Ani, our incredible Recycling Programs Manager, has created our newest recurring blog series that features frequently asked questions from WasteFreeSD.org that we will be calling WFSD FAQ!

This year I Love A Clean San Diego staff worked hard to build WasteFreeSD.org into a Zero Waste Database. The redesigned site houses information beyond recycling including repair options, reduction tips, and donation locations. We thought we would share with our readers the top recycling questions we received last year. Any guess on what the number one most asked about item (non-hazardous) was in 2016? Drumroll, please! It was…refrigerators!

2016’s Top three most asked about items (non-hazardous):

  1. As previously mentioned, refrigerators were the number one item residents are looking to recycle. Refrigerators are bulky and most residents call to inquire about pickup services, fees apply. Some recyclers that accept appliances will actually pay you for bringing it to their facility to recycle, it’s a few cents a pound but hey anything helps! The redesigned WasteFreeSD.org allows for users to search for repair services including services that repair refrigerators. Make appliances last longer with proper maintenance and hire a professional to fix.
  2. It’s no surprise that as new technology rolls out people are looking for the latest and greatest. Televisions ranked second as the most asked about item for recycling. There are plenty of recycling options for electronics including e-waste collection events and household hazardous waste collection facilities. Some businesses even offer pickup services, fees apply. Opt to buy any new technology, televisions were made to last! Believe it or not, there are still places that repair televisions, at a reasonable price.

For the full article….CLICK HERE!

[ San Diego Airport’s Good Traveler Program Receives Sustainability Award ]

(Times of San Diego)dreamstime_xl_92745789 (2)

San Diego International Airport‘s so-called “The Good Traveler” program won the Best Innovation in Sustainability award Friday.

The program received the award from the Airport Council International-North America at its Airport Concessions Awards.

The Good Traveler program was launched in 2015 to encourage sustainable travel by enabling travelers to offset the environmental impact of their journey in an affordable, easy and meaningful way, according to a statement released by airport officials.
Through The Good Traveler, passengers can purchase carbon offsets and merchandise online at the goodtraveler.org or at select locations, with proceeds going toward conservation projects that help counteract the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

To Read the entire article from Times of San Diego…Click Here. 

[ Electric Vehicles 101 ]

The I Love A Clean San Diego website always has the best artiles. We recently found this one on their site about electric vehicles. There is a lot of information here that can benefit and educate.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-compact-electric-car-image8170883

Electric vehicles are the way of the future. They’re more efficient, better for the environment, and give their owners some great perks. According to the EPA, the transportation industry accounts for 26% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, with 61% of those emissions coming from light-duty vehicles. By choosing an electric vehicle, you help reduce your carbon footprint and support positive change for the transportation industry. Learn the basics about electric vehicles in this guide.

What are Electric Vehicles?

There are two types of electric vehicles.


All-electric cars are powered by an electric motor using rechargeable batteries. There’s no conventional combustion engine and no tailpipe emissions.

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrid cars are a great mid-point between an all-electric car and a car running solely on gasoline. They have an electric motor and an internal combustion engine so they can run on a battery charge but can switch to the conventional engine if the car runs out of charge.

To read this full article….CLICK HERE. 

[ Zero Waste Tips for your Summer Shindig ]

From “I Love a Clean San Diego“…

Spring is among us, and summer will be here before most of us even know it. By San Diego standards, that means cookouts, beach days, and barbecues galore. For zero waste enthusiasts, the often-present plastic utensils,


plates, and bottles can sometimes overshadow the excitement of these events. Whether you are a seasoned party host or it is a special occasion, the I Love A Clean San Diego team wants to help prepare you with some tips to make it the top, zero waste soiree of the season!

Gathering Supplies:

Preparation is key to a successful, sustainable cookout. To create an eco-friendly environment for your event, you will want to consider stocking up on some reusable party essentials. For grilling, reusable metal skewers and grilling baskets come in handy. Instead of plastic plates and utensils, head to your local thrift store to mix and match reusable dishware and utensils. You may even find some great serving platters while you’re at it! The eclectic plates can add a funky touch to your décor. Ditch the wasteful paper napkins and plastic tablecloths for reusable cloth napkins and tablecloths. This will immediately make your party style stand out while saving on waste! Red plastic cups can be substituted with Ball mason jars and reusable straws to class up any cocktail!

While some may be the official cookout host among their cohort, there are options for hosting a zero waste shindig without stocking up. Whether you lack the space to store all the extra dishes or just rarely host, rental companies can often come in handy. This option may not be right for everyone, but renting can sometimes come out to be cheaper for the infrequent, eco-friendly host. They can supply everything from serving platters, dishes, cutlery, glassware, napkins, and tablecloths.

Food and Drink:

While shopping for foods, don’t forget to bring your reusable mesh or cloth bags, jars, and other containers. Buying in bulk is always a cornerstone to any zero waste tips list. Check out the bulk food section for all your party snack foods. Skip out on those individually packaged cheese slices and opt for the deli counter or a local farmers market. The farmers market is also a great place to get locally sourced, organic vegetables. Focusing your grilling around vegetables can help make your party even more eco-friendly.

No party is complete without a varied selection of drink options. However, you can cut back on the waste by offering bulk drink options in large glass dispensers. Water, lemonade, and sun tea (you can compost those tea bags) all work well for this serving style. This drink technique also helps cut out all of the single use water and soda bottles. You can look into local breweries and wineries to fill up reusable bottles and growlers for your party as well. Growlers of San Diego’s finest craft beers are sure to take any celebration up a notch!

For the Full Article…CLICK HERE!

[ Can psychology influence the way we recycle? ]

If a soda can is crushed, smashed and flattened by you or someone else stepping on it, is your first thought trash or recycle? In a study, Jennifer Argo of the University of Alberta and co-author Remi Trudel of Boston dreamstime_xl_40703788 (2) (640x423)University discovered that when an object loses its original shape, its chances of being recycled collapse. Argo says…”Things that are useful are recycled; they still serve a purpose. In fact, Coke ran a campaign shortly after our first paper on the topic, showing a crushed can and emphasizing it was still recyclable. Educating consumers through promotional techniques as well as highlighting identity would increase recycling.” The point being, just because it looks like trash, doesn’t make it so.

The same goes for disposable coffee cups. Have you ever been to a coffee shop and had your name misspelled on the cup? There is a really good chance that if you have, you did not recycle that cup. When a team of psychologists ran a study, they found that people were significantly more likely to recycle their cup when their names were spelled correctly. The study found that 48% did, as opposed to 26% of those who had no name at all and  24% of those who had a misspell. Jennifer Argo states – “We are averse to trashing something that is tied to our identity,” said Jennifer Argo of the University of Alberta, one of the authors of the study, “as it would be conceptually similar to trashing a part of the self, which makes people more likely to recycle.” So make a conscious effort to think about it next time your in a coffee or juice shop. Whether your name is spelled correctly or not, that cup is recyclable.

To read more about how we can be aware of what we are choosing to and not to recycle without even realizing it, CLICK HERE.

[ Food: Too Good to Waste! ]

We often do not realize the amount of food that is thrown away every day. In 2013 in the U.S., we disposed of over 35 million tons of spoiled and leftover food. This food ends up in landfills and produces methane and dreamstime_xl_43160600 (2) (300x203)other greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

But the news is not all bad! With a little effort and planning, we can significantly cut down the amount of food waste and create economic, social and environmental benefits.

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has created a food recovery strategy to help us do so. It includes 5 simple steps in the following order: Source reduction, feeding the hungry, feeding animals, composting and finally landfilling what cannot be used.

Click on the link below to for a really neat page that allows you to click on a certain food, to see ways that you can stop wasting that particular food.


The three steps are easy: Reduction, Donation and Processing.

Reduce: The best way to cut down food waste is to reduce the volume of food disposed. This can be done by tracking where and how food is wasted, reducing the number of menu items and portion sizes, providing self-serve options, discounting products that are close to their expiration date and using proper food storage techniques.

For all 3 stips and TONS of great information…CLICK HERE!

[ Earth Day-friendly recycling tips from San Diego experts ]

Have you helped out Mother Earth lately? Have you donated more than 10,000 pounds of clothing and other reusable items to charity? Yup…that’s a lot! How about collecting 103,000 gallons of water from your dripping airdreamstime_xl_4877209 (2) (300x179)

conditioner? Maybe you have fed excess fish to the wolves?

If you have not done any of the above, then you are not one of the top business recyclers recognized this month at the city of San Diego’s 25th annual Waste Reduction Awards Ceremony. But that doesn’t mean you can’t follow their lead.

Earth Day is just around the corner on April 22nd. San Diego is gearing up for EarthWork’s annual EarthFair taking over Balboa Park on April 23.

To get tips from San Diego’s, top recycling experts and information on this amazing event… CLICK HERE! 

[ 10 Easy, Everyday Things Kids Can Do to Help Save the Planet ]

When it comes to helping our planet, chances are you are already recycling, composting, ridding your house of paper towels and plates, etc. But what else can we do? We can ask for help – from our kids.dreamstime_xl_34170512 (2) (300x200)

From one-time projects to ongoing efforts, there are many ways to inspire and enlighten kids about making our world a cleaner, healthier, happier, and safer place. Earth Day happens once a year, but you can do these any day!

For instance:

  • Photography

Yep…you heard right. Kids care more about the environment when they have a relationship with the great outdoors. Help them to explore your local parks, woods, beaches, mountains, and more by taking them on hikes designed to introduce them to the animals and plants in your area — and be sure to snap a lot of pics!


  • Farmers Markets

Words like “sustainable” and “local” might not mean much to your kids in the abstract, but a trip to the farmers’ market can show them just how much different (and better) organically grown produce from small farms can be. If possible, introduce your children to some of the vendors and ask questions about how and why they grow food the way they do — and what it means for the planet!


For the rest of these great ideas….CLICK HERE!

[ Love Your Mother! 9 Earth Day Events for Tiny Tree Huggers ]

Earth Day is near and even the tiniest of mother earth’s enthusiasts are gearing up! Let’s get our kids involved. Let them know how we treat out mother earth now, will make a huge impact on them and their future .dreamstime_xl_38353936 (2) (200x300) After all…there is no plan B. This is the only earth we have. Let’s love her.

Take a look through this list of events you can attend with your little one’s.

Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Gardens
Mother Nature shines her beauty every day at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. This Earth Day, connect with nature in the fun-filled children’s and music gardens, paint a special rock to bring home and add to a mini-fairy garden with succulent planting. While kids frolic with face painting, hands-on worms and story time with Roxy the Recycling Robin, parents can browse the extensive plant and pottery sale, get gardening advice and browse the many vendor booths that will share earth-friendly ideas.

Date: Apr. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Alta Vista Gardens
1270 Vale Terrace Dr.
Vista, Ca
Online: altavistagardens.org


SEA Days: Party for the Planet
Birch Aquarium is already an awesome spot to remember that Earth Day is every day with its gorgeous views of the ocean and terrific interactive exhibits featuring clean energy and climate change. Visit on Earth Day and join in the free SEA Days fun with an Oceanographer and learn about watersheds and how our actions affect them. Little naturalists will love checking out the scientist’s interesting tools, photos and specimens. Finish off the day with a fun conservation craft.

Date: Apr. 15, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $12.50 – $17/person; SEA Days free with admission

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, Ca
Online: aquarium.ucsd.edu

For the FULL list of Mother Earth Events…CLICK HERE!