Marina District

555 Front St / 510 1st Ave * San Diego, CA 92101

Horizons Twin Towers

Horizons offers one example of how a residential highrise can divert waste
from landfills and reduce its collection costs by recycling.

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KFMB TV 8 News: High Rise Recycling (May 29, 2008)
This short news clip lauds Horizons' recycling program as the "Gold Standard" of the downtown community. Although not mentioned in the clip due to time constraints, TV 8 reporters were made aware that Horizons' success is due to the joint efforts and collaboration of residents, management, and custodial staffs past and present.

TV 8 News

2:25 min

2001-2005 Recycling Systems
The 211-unit Horizons-Marina District Condominium Community, located between Front, Island, 1st, & Market in downtown San Diego, consists of two 25-story towers with townhomes and commercial units bordering the periphery. In 2005, residents voluntarily diverted over 20 tons of recyclables from landfills, netting thousands of dollars in reduced disposal costs. In May 2006, in recognition of its efforts in 2005, Horizons became the first-ever, multifamily complex to win a “Recycler of the Year Award” from the City of San Diego Environmental Services Dept.

2005 Recycling

3 pages

2006 Recycling Renovations
In March 2006, Horizons acquired containers to comply with state law prohibiting disposal of electronic and hazardous waste. In June 2006, larger containers for mixed recyclables on residential floors translated to an additional 10 tons of recycling, raising the annual rate to over 30 tons. The correspondingly reduced trash volume allowed two expensive trash compactors to be replaced by standard dumpsters. In early 2007, Horizons received a 2nd consecutive "Recycler of the Year Award" from the City of San Diego, still the only multifamily complex to be so honored.

2006 Recycling

6 pages

Horizons Recycle Box Assembly Video
June 2006, recycling on each residential floor was limited to newspapers placed in a blue plastic 7-gallon bin ($5 each) which shared a small refuse room closet with a 50-gallon trash barrel. Replacing each small bin with a standard 23-gallon "Slim Jim"  ($45 each) would have been cost prohibitive. Instead, 70 corrugated white plastic 44-gallon boxes ($13 each), custom cut (27x10x38") to fit the limited space in each closet, were ordered from www.gopackaging.com. This video depicts the 10 essential items needed and the optimal way to assemble a custom recycle box.

Box Assembly

12:45 min

Tape Dispenser Tips Video
The primary tool for assembling custom recycle boxes is a tape dispenser. This short video gives helpful tips on using what can be a surprisingly challenging device.

Tape Dispenser

1:56 min

For more information, email
mike.weinberg@cox.net or call 619/756-6060.

Horizons Environmental Committee


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