Our Impact

How Are We Doing?

We feel it is important for our donors, members and potential donors to know how we are faring towards meeting our goals and objectives of sustainability and helping our community.

In just over four years, SSE has surpassed its goals of diverting still usable items from the landfills, while supporting hundreds of educators, thousands of students, and countries beneficiaries of nonprofits throughout our community. We have an astounding 92% Diversion Rate!!

Received & Repurposed
$3.2 million of donated assets

35,000 teachers, students, nonprofit staff & constituency, 500+ local organizations, 55% schools, 40% nonprofit organizations, and 5% start-up companies

Over 600,000 pounds from landfill: ~ Hundreds of cubicles, ~ Oodles of office furniture, ~ Thousands of 3-ring binders

75,000+ pounds of e-waste, and 55,000+ pounds of heavy metal materials

400+ local companies in sustainable business practices


California leads the nation with a 65% recycling rate for all materials.

In July 2012, Assembly Bill 341 went into effect. This state mandate is written to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from the landfills through recycling efforts. AB 341 sets a recycle goal of 75% of solid waste by 2020, advancing the recycling guidelines set by AB 939 in 1989 and implemented via the Integrated Waste Management Act.

The new bill requires businesses that produce four cubic yards of waste or more weekly to be in compliance via recycling, reduction and composting.

Reduce Waste via Donation

Sustainable Surplus offers businesses a means to reduce their solid waste through donation.

We can provide you with a report measuring your diversion by category and weight, which you can use for reporting to your corresponding jurisdiction. This information helps your company meet its diversion rates, monitored by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Learn About Compliance

If you would like to learn more about compliance and about what methods other organizations are using, please contact us.

Ask us about our workshop: “AB 341 California’s Commercial Recycling Bill: Understanding and Compliance”

What Our Members Say

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

“What a wonderful service you are doing for our community’s nonprofits. Thanks again!”

North County Trade Tech High School

“Preparing students for success in life, college and careers is what we do and because you care, it’s what you do as well. Please accept our heartfelt thanks.”


“I really appreciate the services that you offer. (We) picked up the booties for our infant care centers and they are delighted to have them!”

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

“YEAH!  I just love how this works!”

La Costa Canyon High School

“The service that SSE is providing the community is just wonderful. For public school teachers like me, the opportunity to loacate office supplies and equipment that I would normally buy myself for the classroom is a huge relief...Thank you!”

Tecate Christian School

“I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for all of your help yesterday. We really appreciate the generousity of Sustainable Surplus”

Pioneer Day School

“Sustainable Surplus has been an amazing resource for our small school for children with special needs. We have been able to improve our environment for a fraction of the cost. If it wasn't for SSE, we'd still be sitting on folding metal chairs. Thank you Sue!”

What Our Donors Say

GE Water & Process Technologies

“At the General Electric Water and Process Technology plant here in Vista we choose to continue to work with Sustainable Surplus because it is the right thing to do for our community. Sustainable Surplus found meaningful uses for surplus furniture and equipment no longer required in our operation and in doing so supported a variety of valuable community organizations. Working with Sustainable Surplus has been easy and the support from the folks at Sustainable has made for a smooth and painless process.”
RB, Plant Manager

Nereus Pharmaceuticals

“We recently vacated a 30,000 square foot facility and we choose to donate to Sustainable Surplus because we wanted our supplies and furniture to go to a good cause and not be thrown into a landfill. Sustainable Surplus was able to donate a large amount of our furniture and supplies to schools and nonprofits and they also introduced us to furniture resellers and electronic recyclers. They really helped in making our move go smooth.”
DS, VP Operations

Quintiles Corporation

“We chose to contribute to the efforts of Sustainable Surplus because it follows our corporate commitment to promote sustainability and support our community.”
MA, Sr. Facilities Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity–San Diego

“From one non-profit to another, we were very happy to work with Sue at Sustainable Surplus. We received a ton of great wallpaper that our customers are very excited about. We are very glad for the donation and glad the wallpaper will now be put to good use. We hope to work with Sustainable Surplus more in the future!”
LO, Restore Manager

Awards and Accolades

Our community is weighing in, watching and joining our mission towards a greener San Diego! SSE is a proud recipient of the following:

Environmental Enrichment Award – San Diego Pearls - 2016

Small Business of the Year for “Community Impact” - 2016

Sun Catcher Award from San Diego Earth Works - 2016

SD County Certificate of Appreciation for protecting the environment- 2016

State of CA Senate Certificate of Recognition of “All in For Change” - 2015, 2016

County of San Diego Special Commendation for Certificate of Achievement - 2015

Certificate of Recognition from California State Senate for efforts in Clean Technologies - 2013, 2014, 2015

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from State of California for Clean Tech - 2013, 2014

Finalist in the Advance San Diego grant competition for Nonprofit Innovation

Nominated for Best Nonprofit of the Year – Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

Recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as an “Innovation Leader” in Green Category

Nominated as business leader in clean technology - Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, 2014

Winner of “Women Who Mean Business” award by the San Diego Business Journal – SSE Founder, Sue Prelozni

Nominated for Athena Pinnacle Awards – SSE Founder, Sue Prelozni