LEISURE WORLD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LAGUNA HILLS, CA Contact: Milt Johns Leisure World PO Box 2220 Laguna Hills, CA 92654 (714) 597-4652
Leisure World is a retirement community of 18,000 residents. The residents of this community recycle newspaper, glass, and aluminum. The management runs a green waste composting operation and construction debris and metals recycling programs. They have also changed landscaping techniques to reduce the amount of green waste produced. As a result of these programs, Leisure World diverts more than 50% of their waste. They have saved nearly $249,000 in tipping fees and received revenues of $343,000 for recyclable materials.
VILLAGE APARTMENTS SAN ANSELMO, CA Contact: Karl Baeck Village Apartments 36 Ross Ave. #9 San Anselmo, CA 94960 (415) 459-6370
The recycling in this apartment complex is not the result of the installation of expensive recycling equipment but rather the result of an education program about the environmental and financial benefits of recycling. Recovered items are donated to a thrift store, food bank, dry cleaner, farmers’ market, and packaging store. Resulting waste sent to a disposal facility has been reduced by 65% (by volume).