Hazard Center is the first mall in San Diego to join the Recycling Works’ Commercial Food Scrap Composting Diversion Program. Run by the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department, the program aims to reduce organic waste in landfills, while processing food scraps into rich compost that is used to improve the quality of soil in the region.
Hazard Center’s eight retail food service tenants are currently composting more than 18 cubic yards of food per week.
“Achieving the seal of participation was no easy task,” said Lisa Gualco, Hazard Center’s general manager. “But our tenants were committed to doing their part to preserve the environment, and were able to not only meet but exceed expectations. We’re extremely proud of the work they’ve done.”
The eight participating businesses that have joined the program and are diverting their food waste are Joe’s Crab Shack, Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, Starbucks, Intermezzo Espresso Café, Yogurtland, Smashburger, Which Wich and UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is in the process of completing the steps necessary to participate in the program as well.
“In addition to these dedicated composting efforts, Starbucks is also donating leftover, edible food to local charity organizations around San Diego as part of a national corporate policy to donate surplus food,” said Ana Carvalho, environmental specialist for the City of San Diego. “We’re excited to have such dedicated partners at Hazard Center.”
The City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department facilitates conservation efforts and recycling programs in the community. Its commercial food waste recycling program is one tactic in achieving San Diego’s Zero Waste Plan, which was approved and adopted unanimously by the City Council on July 16, 2013. The plan proposes to divert 75 percent of waste by 2020 and 100 percent of waste by 2040 from the Miramar Landfill – San Diego’s only publicly operated landfill.
To learn more about Recycling Works’ Commercial Food Scrap Composting Diversion Program, and San Diego’s Zero Waste Plan, visit: www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/miramar/greenery/foodwaste.
About Hazard Center
Hazard Center is the go-to destination shopping center in the heart of Mission Valley with some of the best dining, specialty shops and services offered in San Diego. Visitors appreciate Hazard Center’s central location and easy accessibility, as well as iconic brands such as Barnes & Noble, UltraStar Cinemas, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Lakeshore, FedEx Office, Joe’s Crab Shack and Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. Its namesake, Roscoe E. Hazard, helped build San Diego and his tremendous loyalty to every project contributed to a better city. Whether it’s girls’ night, date night, office lunch or errands, Hazard Center has something for everyone. For more information, visit www.hazardcenter.com.