Del Sur

April 15, 2009 16:08 ET

Sustainable San Diego New Home Community Expands Recycling Program

Every Day Is Earth Day: Safe CFL Disposal Available for Homeowners at Del Sur

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Del Sur (, a smart-growth master-planned community in the northern part of the City of San Diego, has expanded its recycling efforts with a new green initiative. Del Sur homeowners may now visit the Platinum LEED-rated Ranch House to safely dispose of toxic mercury-containing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

"We've always adhered to the now-popular saying 'Every day is Earth Day,'" explained Fred Maas, president of Black Mountain Ranch LLC, developers of the new home community Del Sur. "Instead of throwing hazardous materials into the trash, where it will eventually end up in a San Diego landfill, Del Sur homeowners are doing their part -- one bulb at a time -- to protect the environment by recycling CFLs in a safe, responsible way."

Since 2006, household wastes such as batteries, electronic devices and fluorescent light bulbs may not be placed in the trash by anyone, according to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Scientists at the California Environmental Protection Agency have found that these wastes will leak toxic substances, mostly metals, in a typical landfill.

The community's newest environment-protecting innovation is offered in conjunction with SDG&E and the City of San Diego Regional Household Hazardous Waste Partnership.

The CFL disposal effort at Del Sur is also part of the California Take-It-Back Partnership, a collaboration of state, city and county governments; businesses; non-profit agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide free, local and convenient ways for California residents to recycle everyday household wastes. The Partnership provides a way for California residents to assist the California Environmental Protection Agency in its mission to protect public health and the environment. For information about other CFL recycling centers, go to

Nationally recognized for its comprehensive sustainable design, construction, and living practices Del Sur is a progressive and eco-friendly community that flawlessly blends its environmental commitment with architectural excellence. The master-planned community has set a benchmark for green-building practices by meeting and exceeding environmental requirements, and has become a leading example for sustainable communities.

The impact of Del Sur's green practices are prevalent throughout the community. From its inception, Del Sur has set an example by implementing mandatory recycling and conservation requirements for builders. Construction waste has been recycled and reused in the community's development whenever possible, allowing over 92 percent of waste to be diverted from the landfill. Water conservation efforts are also evident through the mandatory use of tankless water heaters, weather-based satellite irrigation systems, and drought-resistant landscaping. Del Sur requires at least 20 percent of homes to include solar energy systems with many neighborhoods incorporating solar power in up to 40 percent of homes. Upon completion, Del Sur will be one of the largest solar-powered communities in California.

Designed over nearly 20 years in consultation with a variety of environmental and civic groups, the 1,800-acre community of Del Sur is planned to eventually include 2,500 market-rate homes, 469 low-income homes, business and commercial space, a transit center, a fire station, two schools and more than 2,000 acres of dedicated open space shared with sister community Santaluz.

Del Sur's Ranch House, certified as a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structure by the U.S. Green Building Council, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 858-481-4200 or visit to learn more.

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