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Recycling Record Setters Program Profiles: Recreational and Cultural Facilities

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AUTRY MUSEUM OF WESTERN HERITAGE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Contact: Leland Marks Autry Museum of Western Heritage 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 (213) 667-2000

The museum’s recycling program recovers traditionally recovered items and unique items such as trees and waste water. Trash pick-up has been reduced from five times a week to just once. The money raised from recycling is used to fund an employee recreation program.

DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS 22nd DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA Contact: Nancy Strauss Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar, CA 92014-2216 (619) 755-1161 fax (619) 755-7820

The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts more than 200 events a year including a 3 week Del Mar County fair and the 49 day Del Mar Race Meet. In 1995, Del Mar Fairgrounds estimated a waste reduction rate of 86%. This was achieved through aggressive programs to recycle (aluminum, cardboard, white paper, concrete/asphalt, glass, metal, mixed paper, newsprint, plastics, animal bedding, wood) and compost (landscape trimmings, food discards). Source reduction activities at Del Mar include using electronic mail, refilling printer toner cartridges, using double sided copying, and reusing shipping and storing supplies. The financial benefit of this waste reduction program was calculated to be $863,976 in avoided disposal fees and revenue from material sales.

SAN DIEGO WILD ANIMAL PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA Contact: Ken Barnes Buildings and Grounds Supervisor 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road Escondido, CA 92027-7017(619) 738-5054

The San Diego Wild Animal Park works to preserve not just endangered plants and animals but also their habitats. The Park reduces use of natural resources derived from wild areas such as trees, mined ore, and water. The Park’s staff practices wise use of office supplies, recycles containers and paper products, and composts huge amounts of organic wastes. Park visitors can use recycling containers located throughout the facility. Waste disposed at landfills represents only 4% of the Park’s waste stream. This saves over $1 million in tipping and hauling fees each year.