California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

2001 STARR Award Program Case Studies

22nd District Agricultural Association (Del Mar Fairgrounds)

The 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA) also received the prestigious STARR of the Year award for successful waste reduction programs in 2000. Programs implemented at the 22nd DAA serve as exemplary models for other State agencies and large State facilities throughout California.

Since the implementation of its first recycling program in 1985, before the Integrated Waste Management Act was even enacted, the Del Mar Fairgrounds has been at the forefront of the struggle to improve the environment. In 2000, the 400-acre Del Mar Fairgrounds, which attracts approximately three million visitors each year, successfully diverted more than 41 million pounds (91 percent of its total waste) from being disposed in 2000, and is hoping future technology will allow them to divert all waste generated at the fairgrounds.

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 kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps.

As a leader in the recycling industry, the Del Mar Fairgrounds has not only set examples of how to divert waste, but through its Enviro Fair also offers information to educate the entire San Diego County community through waste reduction efforts. 

Plans for upcoming recycling efforts include fine-tuning current resource conservation programs, working with vendors to reduce shipping waste, and finding both recycled-content products for purchase and ways to reuse materials on hand.

The commitment demonstrated by the 22nd DAA in constantly striving to improve its recycling program and working with the community to reduce waste makes it an outstanding role model and a deserving recipient of the 2001 STARR of the Year award.

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

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Last updated: October 15, 2002
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