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2001 STARR Award Program Case Studies

22nd District Agricultural Association (Del Mar Fairgrounds)

The 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA) won top honors in the STARR award's "Waste Reduction at High Volume Sites" category for its diversion rates in 2000. The 400-acre fairground, which attracts more than 3 million visitors each year, diverted more than 41 million pounds in 2000.

To achieve this diversion effort, the 22nd DAA implemented a number of cardboard, plastic, and glass recycling programs, just to name a few. The fairground also started a model program called the "Casa de Worms," a vermiculture program that uses thousands of earthworms to dispose of the facility's kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps each year. The "Casa de Worms" has become one of the fairground's most successful recycling ventures over the past two years, helping to prevent almost 10,000 pounds of food scraps from entering the state's landfills. Current recycling success and the fairground's adoption of the "Zero Waste to Landfill" plan could make the State-run facility entirely independent of disposal activities; all waste generated at the fairgrounds could be recycled or diverted from area landfills.

For further information, please contact Nancy Strauss at (858) 792-4298.

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Last updated: October 15, 2002
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