MADERA COUNTY – Emadco Disposal Service has announced they plan to implement residential curbside recycling for customers beginning this summer.
Ashley Smith is Recycling Operations Manager for the Oakhurst-based company, and explains the new curbside recycling program will be available at existing pick-up locations every other week starting July 1, 2015.
Details including the precise alternating weeks of recycling service, and the specific receptacle to be used for recycling, are still being worked out with Madera County. More information will follow soon. Customers will not incur an additional charge for the new service.
Smith says the plan for single-stream recycling is easiest for customers. That means that all acceptable recycling goes into one single receptacle. Residents who use Emadco’s service can already begin to familiarize themselves with what can and cannot be recycled. A recycling guide will be distributed to customers prior to the launch.
“Recycling, along with reducing and reusing the trash we produce, is an important component in the effort to preserve our natural resources and reduce environmental pollution,” according to Emadco’s website. “Curbside recycling is a chance to make a difference in our community for future generations, with small adaptations to everyday consumption and disposal habits. By sending less waste to the landfill today, we are building opportunities for a cleaner, brighter future for tomorrow.”
All of the recycling will be trucked down to a large plant where it’s processed from a conveyor belt and sorted out into various categories by hand, then compacted and shipped out again to its next stop on the recycling loop.
The following items will be acceptable to recycle into one single container under the new program:
PAPER: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, cardboard, milk cartons, drink boxes, scrap paper, shredded paper, clean pizza boxes.
PLASTIC: milk/juice/cooking oil jugs, soda/water bottles, plastic cups/bags, household cleaning containers, shampoo/lotion/soap bottles, margarine/ice cream tubs, yogurt cups/frozen food containers, clean plastic flower pots.
GLASS: jars and bottles.
METAL: soda/juice aluminum cans, clean tin/steel food cans, aluminum foil/pie pans/trays, metal jar lids, copper/brass/aluminum, empty aerosol cans, newly emptied/clean latex paint cans.
Smith assures residents who recycle California Redemption Value (CRV) containers for cash that they are still welcome to take the CRVs wherever they choose if they want reimbursement on the items. If that’s the case, just don’t include them in your Emadco recycle.
The following items will NOT be acceptable under the new program:
Styrofoam, clothes, needles or syringes, food waste, green waste, waxed cardboard, windows/mirrors, latex/plastic gloves, tissue paper, electronics, diapers, garden hoses, PVC pipe, wire, rope.
Smith further notes that syringes can be safely disposed of in a specific receptacle at Emadco.
The biggest challenge for Emadco now is making certain that residents under the program are familiar with the what goes in and what does not go in the recycling bin. Smith says they’ll be talking about the program at town hall meetings and the company will provide recycling at community events, no charge, in order to spread the word.
Can’t decide if an item goes into the recycling receptacle or not?
When in doubt, says Emadco, leave it out.
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