What do you need to know?
Residential customers, please review the Spring 2018 edition of The Recycler.
Multifamily and commercial account holders, please review our May 2018 edition of Waste Matters.
For a general overview, please read read this January 2019 insert to the Sacramento Bee– Recycling in California– THE CRISIS NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT.
Know Where It Goes. Sort Smart!
Please brush-up your knowledge of proper sorting.
For residents of single-family homes:
Residential Service/Recycling Guide
Residential Organics Collection
For commercial customers and residents of multi-family complexes:
Organics Recycling – Please contact us if you are not yet participating in this program. Note that in the absence of an Organics collection cart/bin, food scraps and food-soiled paper belong in the garbage.
For more information on the recycling crisis and recycling’s future, please look for articles from your preferred news source. The list below contains a sampling of what you may find.
7/9/19: Resource Recycling – Experts express optimism for paper and plastic markets
6/11/19: Waste360.com – Why (and How) to Talk Optimistically About Recycling Right Now
6/3/19: Resource Recycling – Putting it all in perspective
5/30/19: Waste360.com – What’s California’s True Recycling Story?
5/28/19: San Jose Mercury News – Opinion: California must stop dumping toxic plastic waste abroad
5/23/19: Waste360.com – Brightmark Breaks Ground on Plastics-to-fuel Facility in Indiana
5/10/19: Phys.org – 180 nations agree UN deal to regulate export of plastic waste
5/7/19: Scientific American – Can Robots Help Pick Up after the Recycling Crisis?
5/6/19: Berg Mill Supply – Cleaning Up the Garbage Trade
5/3/19: Waste Advantage Magazine – Commentary: Is Recycling an Ideas whose Time has passed?
4/27/19: CNN (video) – China’s recycling ban has sent America’s plastic to Malaysia. Now they don’t want it — so what next?
March/April 2019: Scrap – What’s Recyclable?
4/22/19: ABC News – More waste is going to landfills, less is recycled
4/4/19: Fast Company – All the ways recycling is broken – and how to fix them
4/2/19: Food Business News – Effective waste reduction requires closing the loop
April/May 2019: Bay Area Monitor – Re-Evaluating Recycling
4/1/19: CBS News (video) – Why recycling efforts are getting trashed: “This is a total no-no”
3/26/19: Waste Dive – Recycling in the US will survive – despite the media narrative
3/23/19: Fortune – China Has Had Enough of Your Garbage
3/5/19: The Atlantic – Is This the End of Recycling
2/26/19: Resource Recycling – California bill pushes cities to return to dual-stream
2/21/19: The Guardian – ‘Moment of Recokoning’: US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports
2/19: NWRA Issue Brief – Recyclables: Changing Markets
2/11/19: Waste Dive – California counties call for state commission on “significant” recycling disruptions
1/30/19: Waste360.com – Paying for Material Recovery: What’s in Your Wallet?
1/28/19: Next City – Rethink, Retool, Then Recycle?
1/27/19: Waste Advantage Magazine – There’s Value in Recycling’s Setback
1/10/19: FiveThirtyEight.com – The Era of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End
1/7/19: VICE on Facebook (video) – China’s Waste Ban is Causing a Trash Crisis in the U.S.
1/1/19: Waste Advantage Magazine – Could Opportunity Rise from the Chinese Recycling Crisis?
12/29/18: Los Angeles Times – How mountains of U.S. plastic waste ended up in Malaysia, broken down by workers for $10 a day
12/24/18: SF Chronicle – It is time to cut use of plastics
12/17/18: Berg Mill Supply – China’s Paper Import Changes Force India to Review Own Regulations
12/14/18: PRI – New Chinese policy is forcing people to think: Is there a better way to recycle?
12/5/18: ABC 7 News (video) – California faces recycling crisis after China tightens rules
11/29/18: Waste Dive – EPA Recycling Summit highlights lack of national responsibility
11/28/18: Waste360.com – How the U.S. Recycling Market is Faring Under China
11/27/18: Resource Recycling – China trade roundup: More materials barred at year’s end
11/17/18: CNBC – How to keep recycling from turning into “wishcycling”
11/16/18: Waste Dive – How recycling is changing in all 50 states
11/6/18: Resource Recycling – More major haulers report recycling pain
10/23/18: Waste Dive – China’s new role in the global recycling economy
10/16/18: Waste Advantage – 3 Models of Collaboration for Sustainable Packaging Innovation
10/15/18: Waste Advantage – Changing Recycling Rules Reveal What is Truly Recyclable
10/4/18: Waste360.com – U.S. Plastic Recycling Rate Projected to Drop to 4.4% in 2018
10/1/18: BuzzFeed (video) – I Want You To Stop Recycling
9/29/18: The Economist – The poor world and the rich world face different problems with their waste
9/26/18: Waste360.com – China’s Recycling Regulations: How American Cities Can Benefit
9/11/18: Waste360.com – Tackling Contamination in the Era of E-commerce, China’s Import Ban
9/1/18: Waste Advantage – China’s Recycling Import Ban: Uncertain Times for Solid Waste Agencies
8/30/18: Waste360.com – Set Recycling Goals Based on Science, Not Wishful Thinking
8/21/18: Resource Recycling – Markets update: More domestic talk as overseas options dwindle
8/14/18: NBC News Bay Area (video) – Recycling Troubles: Companies Struggle with New Tariffs
8/9/18: Waste360.com – Recycling Industry Responds to China Tariffs on Paper, Plastics
8/5/18: CBS News – Piling up: Drowning in a sea of plastic
7/20/18: Waste360.com – China Ban Could Force Americans to Clean Up
7/18/18: Resource Recycling – China moves to extend ban to all materials
7/17/18: Waste360.c0m – Keep Calm and Recycle On: The Sky Isn’t Falling
7/6/18: Waste360.com – Time to Recycle Smarter
6/26/18: Resource Recyclin.com – China Adds Another Hurdle for Exporters
6/20/18: The Verge – China’s plastic waste ban will leave 111 million tons of trash with nowhere to go
6/20/18: The Washington Post – A Giant Wave of Plastic Garbage Could Flood the U.S., a study says
6/15/18: Waste Advantage Magazine – SWANA Provides Update on Impact of China’s Waste Import Restrictions on Recycling Programs
6/12/18: Resource Recycling.com – Exporter Describes Southeast Asian Shipment Strife
6/11/18: Bloomberg (Audio) – Recycling, The Crisis After China’s ‘No’
6/8/18: VOA News – China Trash Ban Creates Crisis for US Recyclers
6/1/18: Waste360.com – Who Killed Recycling? The Harm to Recycling Has Been Inflicted by Recycling’s Friends, Not its Enemies
5/26/18: Los Angeles Times – California Has a Recycling Crisis. The Only Way to Solve It Is To Stop Making So Much Trash
5/24/18: Berg Mill Supply – Is Recycling’s Future Headed Toward the Trash?
5/19/18: 1 News (Video) – Just south of Thames is this mind bogglingly city of plastic…
5/19/18: WasteDive.com – NRC: China’s import ban exposed poor US recycling practices
5/19/18: Waste360.com – NRC Calls for U.S. Recycling Improvements Amid China Crackdown
5/17/18: KRON 4 (Video) – California’s Recycling Crisis
4/20/18: CNN Money – China refuses to recycle more of the world’s trash