November 25, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Morgan Justice-Black
cell - 619-890-4154
Residents Urged to Recycle Holiday Waste
San Diego County, CA – The holidays are a time for celebration, but all that celebrating can result in a lot of excess waste. Household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Knowing what is recyclable in blue bins and at local recycling centers can help reduce the glut of waste.
With the start of the holiday season, I Love A Clean San Diego and the County of San Diego want to educate residents on countywide recycling opportunities. Technological advances and industry initiatives are continuously expanding the list of what can be recycled. Some of the newest items added to the “yes” list for local recycling are rigid plastics and food and drink cartons. Examples of rigid plastics are clear clamshell food packages, plastic toys, and yogurt and salsa tubs. Aseptic cartons include milk and juice cartons and soup/broth boxes.
Cartons and rigid plastics are now accepted in mixed recycling around the county. Even large blocks of plastic foam, such as polystyrene packaging, can now be placed in curbside bins for recycling pickup in many areas or taken to drop-off recycling centers. To find out what is accepted in your curbside recycling or to find a recycling center near you, contact our recycling database, available online at www.WasteFreeSD.org or toll free at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784). Polystyrene packing “peanuts” cannot be recycled curbside, but can be taken to some postal stores for reuse.
Another category of waste that is commonly recycled commercially includes fats, oils, and greases from cooking can now be dropped off at select recycling centers by residents. These should never be poured down kitchen sinks or drains. Instead, residents should save their used cooking oil for proper disposal at a local collection facility.
When cooking oil is discarded into your kitchen sink, it accumulates inside the sewer pipes making it difficult for wastewater, which includes waste from showers and toilets, to flow freely to the wastewater treatment plant. When wastewater cannot make its way through the sewer pipes, it overflows into homes, streets, lawns, and storm drains, eventually making its way to the ocean. Washing cooking oil down the drain with soap or at room temperature will not prevent these damaging effects.
There are a number of free collection sites that accept cooking oil from the public in San Diego County. For unincorporated County residents, there are collection sites at Ramona Disposal, as well as EDCO facilities in San Marcos and Lemon Grove. City of San Diego residents may take their used cooking oil to Miramar Recycling Center, provided that it is less than 30 quarts.
To find the closest drop off location for cooking oil and get recycling questions answered, unincorporated County residents can visit the County’s Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste database at www.wastefreesd.org or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).
Press Release Archives
November 25, 2013 - Residents Urged to Recycle Holiday Waste
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August 30, 2013 - Clean Beach Coalition Closes Out Summer With Labor Day Campaign
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April 27, 2013 - Today's Countywide Cleanup Yields Impressive Results
April 3, 2013 - Registration Begins for countywide cleanup, Creek to Bay
February 5, 2013 - Love Is In the Air at Cupid's Cleanup
December 18, 2012 - Donít Forget to Recycle Your Holiday Tree!
November 20, 2012 - Residents Urged to Recycle Used Cooking Oil at Local Collection Facilities
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September 25, 2010 - Coastal Cleanup Day Takes Over San Diego County
June 28, 2010 - San Diego Clean Beach Coalition Preps Beaches for Holiday Crowds
May 27, 2010 - San Diego Youth Take a Stand in the Sand
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April 26, 2008 -6th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup Yields Tons of Trash!
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August 15, 2007 -San Diego County's Largest Volunteer Event One Month Away
April 29, 2007 - 5th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup Deemed a Success!
April 13, 2007 - Creek to Bay Cleanup Rapidly Approaching