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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024

Every Day is Earth Day

This last issue of April wraps up the Business Journal’s special coverage of local companies decreasing their carbon footprints and increasing their sustainability efforts. Our first-ever Earth Day edition featured four front-page San Diego sustainability success stories. This week, reporter Karen Pearlman shines the spotlight on Vista-based Dr. Bronner’s and that progressive company’s efforts to try to solve the world’s ‘plastic problem.’  

And then there’s San Diego’s Computers2Kids, where every day is Earth Day.


Computers2Kids – or C2K – runs a comprehensive program of recycling and refurbishing older and unwanted computers and electronics gear. It’s a no-cost, green alternative to safely disposing of unwanted or outdated tech equipment, which C2K refurbishes and then gives to low-income families in the area as part of the nonprofit’s Technology Assistance Program.


C2K was established in 2004 by former Hawaiian Holdings CEO Larry Hershfield and his wife Tammy. Cheri Pierre is the CEO.


With the help of volunteers, C2K uses a method of disk sanitation that mirrors procedures detailed in the U.S. Department of Defense National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual. Hard drives that are not reusable are destroyed.


A new Windows Professional operating system, Microsoft Office Suites, Microsoft Security Essential anti-virus software and other useful software programs are loaded onto the computers before they go out to a needy family.

Companies and individuals can donate their unwanted computers and other electronic equipment at C2K’s warehouse, located at 8324 Miramar Mall in San Diego. Hours operation are from 9:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9:30am to 3pm. Businesses with large donations can contact Twyla Perry at (858) 200-9791 or tperry@c2sdk.org to schedule a pickup. Or for more information, visit C2SDK.org.


The San Diego region generates an estimated 1.6 million tons of organic waste every year. Half a billion tons of that is food waste. But with the implementation of a new law, SB 1383, residents and businesses can no longer throw food items in with their landfill-bound trash – those food scraps must now be placed in a separate green bin provided by their city or by San Diego County.


California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Act – also known as SB 1383 – kicked in in 2022 and set ambitious methane reduction targets for the Golden State. All residents, businesses, waste haulers, solid waste facilities — even local food banks and other food recovery organizations have to comply with the new law.

Jessica Toth, executive director at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, an environmental nonprofit that has provided waste diversion and environmental education programs in San Diego County for more than three decades, said that if residents can get into the mindset of reducing their food waste, by the time the green bins are distributed across San Diego as planned in June, “the process will become easier.”

In the last three years, Solana Center’s composting programs have diverted an estimated 6 million pounds of organic waste from the landfill. More information about the programs – and the Solana Center’s other sustainability efforts — can be found at www.solanacenter.org.


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