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Port of San Diego Receives Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego

The Port of San Diego has been selected as Recycler of the Year by the City of San Diego as part of the City’s 2019 Business Waste Reduction and Recycling awards program. This is an annual awards program that provides an opportunity for companies and organizations to be recognized for exemplary waste reduction efforts.

The Port received the award at a ceremony held May 1, 2019 at the San Diego Central Library.

The Recycler of the Year Award honors companies and organizations with the most comprehensive, innovative and/or improved recycling programs. While the Port has had a robust recycling program in place, additional elements added over the past year have significantly reduced waste around San Diego Bay.

“The Port of San Diego is honored to receive the Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “As the trustee of San Diego Bay, the Port works every day to clean and protect the environment. Our additional recycling initiatives have demonstrated how well the Port’s efforts are paying off.”

The Port’s Integrated Waste Management Program provides a conceptual framework to document compliance with all applicable waste-related regulations and achieve the goals and strategies defined in various Port environmental programs. New recycling efforts initiated in fiscal year 2018 include:

  • Collecting used coffee grounds which are then reused as fertilizer for roses in Spanish Landing Park Park;
  • Installing cigarette butt recycling bins in Port parks and other public areas;
  • Launching the #That’sMyBay media campaign to educate a wide audience on environmental protection including waste reduction and recycling;
  • Adding recycling cans in public parks and spaces; and
  • Having dumpsters dedicated to diverting metal, construction waste, green waste and various other waste streams.  

These efforts, in combination with those in practice, have resulted in an immense amount of waste being diverted during the past year.

In addition to the new recycling efforts, the Port’s Waste Management team conducts annual waste audits and hosts educational workshops and campaigns for internal and external stakeholders.

Waste reduction contributes to the Port’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals as established in its Climate Action Plan (CAP), adopted in 2013. Per the CAP, the Port’s 2020 goal is to reduce GHG emissions by 10 percent.


About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems. Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.