- California’s beverage container recycling rate rose six percentage points, to 71 percent, from January-June 2007.
- By recycling billions of aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles during that time, Californians decreased greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 230,000 passenger cars from the roadways for a year.
- California consumes 657 million barrels of oil and emits 492 million metric tons of greenhouse gas. By recycling nearly 7 billion beverage containers from January-June, Californians saved the equivalent of 2.5 million barrels of oil, and reduced emissions equivalent to 293,000 metric tons of carbon related to greenhouse gas.
- California Refund Value took effect on January 1, 2007, and raised the refund consumers receive for each CRV beverage container from four cents to a nickel for containers less than 24 ounces and eight cents to a dime for containers 24 ounces and larger.
- In 2003, according to the state, 515,000 tons of electronics were dumped into California landfills; 44% of the waste (by volume) consisted of CRTs and TV sets; the rest, we assume, consisted of first generation iPods with dead batteries
RECYCLING-REUSE PUBLICATIONS & LINKS (Earth Matters)
The California Materials Exchange (CalMAX) is a free online and printed classified listing service for materials. CalMAX is designed to help businesses, government, and other organizations find markets for non-hazardous material that may otherwise be discarded. CalMAX is a forum to foster the lawful exchange, reuse, and recycling of these materials: construction and demolition, containers, durable goods, electronics, glass, metal, miscellaneous, organics, paint/wax, pallets, paper, plastic, rubber, textile, and wood. www.CalMAX.org orhttp://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/calmax/
–2,000 resources related to reuse in the U.S. and describes how to reuse over 200 different items – from air filters to zippers.
Beyond Recycling: A Re-user’s Guide — By Kathy Stein. Guide offers 336 simple and practical tips for reusing products that are often not accepted for recycling which most of us may throw in the trash or cart to the dump.
BioCycle — A journal covering the latest information on composting and recycling.
Consumer’s Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste
Creating Wealth from Everyday Items — This report, which highlights several reuse businesses and collection programs, provides valuable insight into utilizing reuse as an effective tool for promoting waste reduction and local economic development.
Recycling Rag — Eco-artware.com’s newsletter that often features articles on reuse.
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Reuse Links and Resources Web site — Provides a compilation of local and national reuse links and resources.
Use Less Stuff Report — A free, bi-monthly newsletter that helps people reduce waste and prevent pollution.
Find a Recycle Location:
- e-recycling of California Offer turnkey electronic waste recycling capabilities throughout California from transportation, container options, logistics, administration, and labor.
- Bottles and Cans– California Department of Conservation- includes recycling Guides- Recycling Starter Kit and where to redeem cans and bottles
- Recycle of California– offering free online recycling for all your old cell phones. Simply fill out a 1 page form and print a label- Also has drop off locations for your cell phones
- Earth911- Plug in your zip code and has listing where to recycle anything- from ewaste, motor oil, construction and more
- Recycle for Schools– Fundraising Program, that pays you. Out of Chatsworth, CA – recycle cell phones and ink cartridges
- Call2Recycle Through the national program, Call2Recycle®, they have collected and recycled more than 42 million pounds of rechargeable batteries. There are now more than 50,000 convenient recycling locations nationwide. The mission educate people about how easy it is to recycle rechargeable batteries and cell phones anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
- Goodwill retail stores and attended donation sites are accepting used TVs, lapton computers, computer monitors and cell phones (in any condition).
- Walmart: As you enter the store they have a drop off box for used household batteries and cell phones.
- Computer Recycle Center– Northern California- aptop, Computer, Monitor, TV, Keyboard, Cables, AC adaptor, and Network / Telephone / Test equipment, Printer – we take it all! We REuse First, and RECYCLE second. We take ALL Business & Home ELECTRONICS with a battery or plug, working and NONworking, except large home appliances. We support ZERO waste by REuse. FREE drop-off. FREE business pickups. FREE shipping for Laptops-
- Green Citizen – San Francisco and Bay Area- 2 drop off locations- Database in which individuals, businesses and nonprofits can match up with others who are either giving away electronics or who need them
- Green Waste Recycle Yard The mission of the Green Waste Recycle Yard is to provide a centralized San Francisco Bay Area resource for the recycling of salvaged and reclaimed urban forest trees.
- Premier Recycler – Recycle Bins- collect AND sort refuse; recycling as much as 80% of all material – instead of simply dumping all waste collected at a local landfill.
- Karim Cycle – 2800 Telegraph Rd, Berkeley -Buys and Sells Used Bikes:
- Missing Link Bicycle Co-op 1988 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 94704 510.843.7471
- Tinkers Workshop– 84 Bolivar Dr. Berkeley, CA 94710 510.644.2577 dropoffs for buttons,beads, tools, bicycles and mores
- Burbank Recycle Center Owned by the City, the Burbank Recycle Center is a private/public partnership with Burbank Recycling, Inc., (www.burbankrecycling.com) a privately-owned, Southern California based company specializing in materials recovery facilities and the processing and marketing of recyclable materials. The current Recycle Center opened in October 1992 and houses a Materials Recovery Facility, Buyback/Dropoff Center, Used Oil Center, Compost Corner, and Learning Center.
- Scrap Dr- Collection/Fundraiser for cell phone and inks, metals – work with many charities
Contra Costa County
- Rapid Recycle- Rapid Recycle specializes and manages the retirement and recycling of obsolete or unwanted E-Waste in an effort to insure that consumers, companies, and organizations avoid legal risks, environmental concerns, and unnecessary costs associated with its disposal.
- Recyclemore run by Intergrated Waste Management -Has listing of re-use sources
- Furniture For Families- 916.635.0664 -Furniture Bank that picks up up good, used furniture
- Materials Reuse Center- 164489 Orange Way, Fontana, CA 92335909.350-6760 Free Disposal of Hazardous Waste Sometimes, residents bring in perfectly good, reusable products.The City offers them back to residents at the Household Materials Reuse Center. Items typically available include:
- Household Cleaners and Polishes
- Pool Chemicals
- Water-based Paints
- Recycling Centers – Great list of where to recycle in Los Angeles
- Oakland Recycles Great website, about reusing, recycling, and where to go Lists local business and non profitss where people can buy, sell, consigns, trade, rent, repair and donate reusable items.
- Mannequin Madness– 430 Orange St. Oakland, cA 94619 510. 444.0650 -Recycle, rent, sell Mannequins- Accepts Styrofoam peanuts
- Sports4Kids Swap Shop 517 Fourth St. Oakland, Ca 94607 510.893.4378
- Oxnard 111 S Del Norte Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93030 805.385.8050:
- Retread– 900 Weldon Grove, CA 93959 888.473.8732-Non- Profit dedicated to the safe recycling of tires through tire retreading and tire repairing
- Extreme Recycling – Accept most items with a power cord and/or containing a circuit board such as working or non-working Computer, Electronic, Telephone, Networking, Office, Commercial, Home Electronics, and Diagnostic Equipment
- Palo Alto- 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 650.496.5919- Listing of where to recycle or reuse materials
- Waste Management and Recycling –Provide Resources on how to reuse or recycle
San Bernadino County
- Foam-Zone Foam Zone Inc., is a major resource for bulk Styrofoam recycling in the Inland Empire of San Bernardino County, California. Foam Zone recycles an average of three million cubic feet of Styrofoam per year. Primary focus for polystyrene (EPS) recycling is to help the commercial companies in Southern California, with their Styrofoam waste. Foam Zone will pick-up industrial quantities of clean EPS block Styrofoam recyclables at no cost, within a 60 miles radius. Material may also be delivered to Ontario, CA location. For more information please call (909) 984-0902 or Contact Us.
- Recycle San Diego – E-waste solutions
- Waste Free San Diego– Easily recycle and properly dispose toxic materials by using our convenient database. Almost anything can be recycled. Our extensive database includes items ranging from cans and bottles to appliances and construction materials. Fill in your information below and we’ll tell you where to find a recycling center near you
- Clutter Free Services-Assists in de-cluttering and recycling
- Danny Recycling One of the biggest recycling center in Santa Clara city which facilitates the ONE-STOP solutions for all types of recycling materials. Recently added another recycling solutions which is EWaste (Electronic Waste) that including Television, Monitor, Computer, etc.
- California Grey Bears. -2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz 95065 479.1055 -Brown bag program for people over 55. Accepts computers, cans and more
- Santa Cruz County– has listing of where to recycle
- Recycle Torrance – location listing of where to recycle anything
- Vacaville Recycling- Provides local resourcs for reusing household items.