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Recycling means a lot more than bringing your newspapers and cans to the curb. Truly successful recycling involves minimizing waste along the entire life cycle of a product, from acquiring raw materials to manufacturing, using and disposing of a product. Most environmental impacts associated with the products we buy occur before we open the package, so buying products made from recycled materials is just as important as sorting waste into the right bins.
And when we reduce the amount of stuff we buy in the first place, and reuse what we can, we reduce the environmental harm associated with acquiring raw materials and manufacturing.
Here are some tips that will help you cut down on waste and boost your recycling skills:
Shop smart: Purchase paper and other products for your home and office that are made with post-consumer recycled content and packaged in recyclable materials. Buy in bulk when you can to reduce the amount of packaging that gets thrown away.
Convenience is key: Put collection bins in various places around your home and office to make recycling convenient. Use different bins that follow your city's recycling policies, so you don't have to separate it out later. If you tend to forget what's recyclable and what's not, make a sign like this one and post it near your bins.
Don't forget to reuse: Paper, plastic, glass and cans aren't the only items that should be diverted from incinerators and landfills. Reduce the environmental impacts of organic waste by composting food scraps, and by leaving short grass clippings on lawns to decompose. Donate old clothing to homeless shelters, thrift stores, animal shelters and other community organizations. Take advantage of manufacturer take-back programs for your unwanted electronics.
Make waste an endangered species: Bring your own reusable bags to local stores. Keep a ceramic mug for water or coffee at work rather than using disposable paper or plastic foam cups. Most cities in the United States have clean, drinkable water, so use tap water (you can filter it if you'd like) and refillable water bottles instead of buying bottled water.
Talk to your local government and businesses: Encourage local officials to consider incentives and more ambitious recycling initiatives. Give positive feedback to store managers and manufacturers who are making good environmental choices.
Take your good habits on the road: Recycling policies can vary from city to city and from state to state. A plastic container you recycle at home might be garbage-bound in another community. Or something you can't recycle at home might be recyclable in your school or workplace. When traveling away from home, learn the local rules (from the city's website or by reading signs) and follow them.
The total net weight collected during our E-Waste Recycling Event was just over 11,800 lbs. Of that weight approximately 7,200 lbs was potentially toxic CRT material which will generate a donation to Placer Nature Center of $0.10/lb.! Thank you to everyone who recycled your old electronics at our March drive! And thank you to our partners who helped make the drive possible:
Placer Nature Center's Board of Director's researched the company we choose to partner with - this was done as it has been found some companies simply ship leftover e-waste material that can't be resold to developing countries (watch the 60 Minutes story here). Placer Nature Center's Board of Directors personally toured the facility and got to see the company in action.
Our partner, Sims Recycling Solutions, ensures all materials are truly 100% recycled, while contributing to a greener society as well. Sims Recycling Solutions' 200,000 sq/ft facility is powered by renewable energy and is part of the City of Roseville’s Green Energy Initiative.
Electronic recyclers disassemble the computers and repurpose or sell the raw materials. Unlike Sims Recycling Solutions, not all companies deliver on their promise of 100% recycling. This is why our Board of Directors did our due diligence to find a recycler for our ewaste drive who really did recycle the whole computer or other electronic device.
See the 60 Minutes report on what some less ethical companies do with electronic waste they can't resell:
Computers, Televisions (TVs), Laptops, Cell Phones, Printers, Monitors, Speakers, Keyboards, Computer Mice, PDAs, Radios, Stereos, MP3s, DVDs, CD Players, VCRs, Laptops, Fax Machines. (Any electronic device that has a 4” screen or larger will generate funds for Placer Nature Center)
Items Not Accepted:
No Household Appliances (large or small), Microwaves
OneBigBin.com is a collaborative effort between the Western Placer Waste Management Authority, the City of Roseville and Placer County. Our mission is to let those that live, work and play in Placer County know about one of its best kept secrets... the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility).
Visit OneBigBin.com for information on reuse and waste reduction. There are also a couple games for the kids to learn about recycling.
The MRF (pronounced "murf") is a key element of the WPWMA program to help Placer County communities meet California's mandated recycling goals. The MRF receives and sorts through both municipal and commercial waste to recover recyclable materials, including:
- Wood/green waste processed for compost & wood chips
- Metal - ferrous/metallic items
- Plastic - many grades
- Glass - all colors
- Paper - newspaper, junk mail, phonebooks, magazines, scrap paper, paperboard and cardboard
Materials that cannot be recycled are taken to the landfill. Currently, the MRF diverts approximately 40% of the material received from going to the landfill, helping Placer County comply with a state-mandated recycling rate. Visit their website to learn more and schedule a group tour!
Recology is the company that picks up your bin in Auburn, Town of Loomis, and in Unincorporated Placer County.
Read more about this employee-owned company and how they are striving to hit Zero Waste.
They offer three transfer stations where you can get CRV for your bottles and cans.
They accept the following recyclable items with no charge:
Newspapers, Cardboard, White paper, Motor oil, Batteries, Aluminum, Glass and Plastic
The following items are accepted with a processing fee
Latex paint, Appliances, Tires, Scrap metal, Wood and green waste
Auburn Transfer Station
Shale Ridge Road off Highway 49 Auburn, CA
Hours of Operation: Every day 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Map and Driving Directions
Meadow Vista Transfer Station
Located at the end of Combie Road Meadow Vista, CA
Hours of Operation: Friday through Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Map and Driving Directions
Foresthill Transfer Station
Patton Road, Foresthill, CA
Hours of Operation: Friday through Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Map and Driving Directions
Cardboard and Newspaper Drop Off Locations:
- Blocker and Hidden Creek in Auburn
- The intersection of Bell Road and Interstate 80
- Behind the Raley's in Loomis
Read more about Recology and some of the innovative things they are doing!
Household Hazardous Wastes are accepted FREE of charge from Placer County residents by Western Placer Waste Management Authority:
WPWMA Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(916) 645-5230 ext. 4
3033 Fiddyment Road, Roseville, at the corner of Athens Avenue between Roseville and Lincoln. Entrance on Athens. See map on the WPMA's website
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How do you recycle? It's in your hands.
Every bottle and can you recycle eases the strain on our natural resources and reduces greenhouse gases in our skies. Here, you'll learn all you need to know about how to recycle in your community and how to cash in while doing it.
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Just because something is used, doesn't mean it's garbage. As that old adage says, "one man's garbage is another man's treasure."
Often we have items, whether clothes or old, working appliances or even old sinks and cabinets, that we no longer want. Yet, they are still too good to throw away. There are a growing number of businesses that can take your still usable items in trade for things you do want or just as donations. Reuse is smart way to keep still usable goods out of landfills and a terrific way to save money. To reduce the waste in our landfills as well as encourage the true meaning of recycling, we created a list of businesses focused on reuse.