Airport Authority Employees Have a Sustainable September
New Year, Greener You

Fly Dry and Reduce Plastic

In May, we highlighted how you can travel sustainably though San Diego International Airport (SAN). We want to take a deeper dive and show you how to “fly dry” while also reducing and recycling plastic.

Fly Dry – Dump Your Liquids

Before each of the security checkpoints, passengers have access to our dump sinks: large collection boxes made specifically to help you dump your liquids before security. Before you go through the line, dump your liquids and carry the empty container through. You can refill inside. If you’re done with your beverage container and would like to dispose of it, dump the liquid first, then place the empty container into the recycling can. Liquids can contaminate our recycling loads. We are working to improve our recycling rate — embracing the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra.

Bring an Empty Reusable Water Bottle through Security

Did you know that a reusable water bottle can save you almost $600 a year? You can reduce your single-use plastic consumption and costs by investing in a reusable water bottle. You can bring an empty one through security no problem. Don’t have a reusable water bottle yet? #ShopSAN and visit one of our many Green Concession stores that sell them. In Terminal 1, try Hudson News or Stellar News. In Terminal 2, try Hudson News, Stellar News or Old Town News and Market.

Refill & Refresh

Visit one of our refill stations or water fountains located in each terminal to fill up your bottle. You can also ask one of our food and beverage locations to refill with filtered water. Fountains are located near gates 2, 21, 24, 28, 34, 46, 48, 49.


Need a pick me up after all this? Grab some organic coffee or tea from Ryan Bros Coffee in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2; or Pannikin Coffee & Tea in Terminal 2. You can recycle the paper cups, paper sleeves, and plastic lids. Just make sure to dump the liquid before you put the items into the blue recycling bin! You can do even better by using a reusable mug! Stellar News in Terminal 2 and Hudson News in Terminal 2 are some of the Green Concessions that have stylish and reusable travel mugs and tumblers to help you out.



By traveling sustainably, you can save money, help the environment, and support SAN’s green efforts. San Diego International Airport recently signed an Airports Sustainability Declaration (PDF download) that’s aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Declaration, which is voluntary and non-binding, calls for airports to develop, implement, and expand initiatives that improve the sustainability and resilience of airports and their surrounding communities. We’re dedicated to responsible consumption and helping our businesses and passengers reduce and recycle waste.

For more information on SAN’s sustainability strategies, check out our Sustainability Report.