What TO Recycle and What NOT TO

If you have been to the Waste Management website https://www.wm.com/us/en/recycle-right/recycling-101 or https://www.facebook.com/groups/wastenotnevadacounty

and still have some questions, this clarification sheet might help.

 

Curbside Recycling is the responsibility of Waste Management - now known legally as WMX Technologies Inc.

It is the customer's responsibility to put clean and dry material in the bins - not contaminated with food or any other contents. Greasy pizza boxes go to trash, for instance. Thank you for remembering to clean the material so it can be reprocessed as post-consumer.

 

Before you throw anything away - or put in the recycle bin - Think

  Re-use - Re-purpose – Repair - Re-direct - Reduce - Refill - Buy Bulk - make your own cleaning supplies

RECYCLE  OR  TRASH?

 

ITEM                                                          WHERE IT GOES

 

METAL

 

Empty Metal cans/bottles,                                               Recycle

Clean aluminum pans and foil

 

Unclean cosmetic, toothpaste, food tubes                    Trash

 

All other miscellaneous metal -                                       MRTS-scrap metal

Fencing, wire, paint cans                                                                             

 

Steel Propane camping stove bottles                             MRTS -Hazardous waste

OR: switch to refillable “fuel your fun"                                                                            1lb propane container/refills available at:                                                                      HBE Rentals 11727 LaBarr Meadows Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945   

InnTown Campground 9 Kidder Ct, Nevada City, CA 95959

 

GLASS

 

All glass is recyclable IF NOT BROKEN                          Recycle

(empty, wash & dry container)

Clear and all colors OK

 

Take plastic caps off                                                          Trash

 

PAPER

 

Paper and cardboard - dry only please                            Recycle

Pizza boxes with no grease or food remains                   Recycle

If box is soiled                                                                    Trash

Take-out containers if waxed inside                                 Trash

(cups, boxes, etc.)

Wet paper                                                                            Trash

Shredded paper                                                                  Trash

(can recycle at House of Print and Copy)

                                   

Common paper products                                                   Recycle

(the machinery takes out staples, plastic windows, etc.)

        - Phone books

        - Wall calendars, wire bound notebooks

        - Stapled papers

        - Envelopes with clear windows

        - Envelopes with metal clasps 

        - Cards, wrapping paper plain  

        - Office paper

        - Slick paper, catalogs, newspaper              

                                                 

Cards/wrapping paper with metallics/glitter                     Trash

 

Plastic cards inside the mail                                               Trash

 

Laminated packaging items (soups, dairy cartons, etc.) Trash           

                       

PLASTIC

 

SINGLE-USE RIGID PLASTIC CONTAINERS AND PACKAGING (IT “CRINKLES”)

#1 and #2 - give WM to be reprocessed – these are usually bottles and

some containers. Put those in the recycle bin CLEAN  AND DRY.

All other types #3-7 cannot be reprocessed at this time so they go to landfill.

What to do?

-Do not buy these containers if it can be avoided.

- Get a TerraCycle box https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/ 

  They take all plastic types for reprocessing.

                                        

 

Unattached plastic lids of bottles                                        Trash                         

Plastic “clamshell” food containers                                    Currently only  #1 and #2   (Salads, fruits & vegetables, etc.)                                        are recyclable

Plastic Tubes –Only if cleaned out please                           Recycle

Unclean medical, cosmetic, food products                         Trash  

Plastic packaging for chips, crackers, cookies                   Trash             

(This is a BIG litter item - please consider buying bulk)

FLEXIBLE PLASTIC -  FILM BAGS – SHRINK WRAP –

                   BUBBLE WRAP – NEWSPAPER SLEEVES 

 

WM CANNOT ACCEPT ANY FILM MATERIAL since it fouls their

machinery and can cause accidents. Please do not put recyclable

material in a plastic bag! That renders the contents UNrecylable

since they cannot handle the plastic bag – it all goes to landfill

where it makes methane. 

What to do?

-Best to not take a plastic bag in the first place!

 Use reusable alternative sacks or paper.

-Take this material to ReStore and other secondhand stores to use.

-Take to Stores who collect it in boxes out front to send to

  reprocessing:                  

– Safeway on Sutton – Safeway in Grass Valley downtown - SaveMart

– B&C – BriarPatch – SPD on Zion NC – SPD McKnight Crossing

Get a TerraCycle box https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/

-Last resort  - TRASH

Shrink wrap (Residential consumers)                                   Trash

Even for residential customers, they can take it to the

plastic bag recovery stores

 

Bubble wrap type packing material                                       Can go to plastic bag (ReStore & second-hand stores can use bags                     recovery stores or to      and packing material)                                                              UPS and other                                                                                                                   shipping

                                                                                                   packaging stores                

CLOTHING, TEXTILES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

 

Please donate if possible

Otherwise, these go to the landfill – now there is a real waste!

Look at WasteNOT Facebook page for ideas on how to reuse

 

 

HAZARDOUS WASTE

 

Anything with mercury in it                                                      MRTS -Hazardous waste

(Some athletic shoes with neon,

fluorescents light bulbs, Christmas bulbs)

Batteries                                                                                     MRTS -Hazardous 

Customers can place batteries in a plastic bag                     B&C and Briar Patch 

and leave on TOP of the trash bin for curbside pickup         Recovery Boxes

Remember: Dispose of batteries and the toys

they came in separately

 

Fertilizers, chemical pesticides, cleaning products               MRTS-Hazardous waste

All pet feces and kitty litter                                                       Trash

Rancid or used cooking oil                                                       Trash

(Hint- Mix it with an absorbent like flour, kitty litter or sawdust

and put in your trash can in a leak-proof container and toss in trash)

 

 

 

CHECK OUT THE WASTE MANAGEMENT/WasteNOT FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wastenotnevadacounty

Recycling tips

   Minimal packaging ideas

New cleaning products without the plastic bottle

 

 

PLASTIC BAG RECOVERY BOX LOCATIONS:

 

-B and C Ace Hardware store – 2032 Nevada City Hwy – 530-273-6105 –

 

-Safeway – 867 Sutton Way – At the south entrance between doors

 

-Safeway – 105 Neal Street –  On the side entrance toward Flour Garden – they bale up all their plastic in the back room like shrink wrap to return to their distribution center then it is sent to a re-processor

 

-Holiday Market – 11324 Pleasant Valley Rd., 530-432-0110 Manager Barry - Penn Valley – 22 stores all offer plastic bag recovery plus shrink wrap -  sent to a re-processor

 

-SaveMart – 2032 Nevada City Hwy., Fowler Center – Box is inside the exit doors

 

-SPD Market – Nevada City and GV Crossings

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Redemption Value RETURN LOCATIONS

CRV - CA Redemption Value containers

- plastic, aluminum, and glass bottles that have a deposit

 

Beverage containers covered under the act are subject to California Redemption  Value (CRV)

Return to participating locations to recover the deposit amount

--5 cents for containers less than 24 ounces

--10 cents for containers 24 ounces or larger

Must be rinsed out with no food or drink left.

 

LOOK FOR THE SYMBOL or label CA CASH REFUND or CA CRV that shows a deposit was made at time of purchase.

Details https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/bevcontainer/bevdistman/labeling#Labeling

 

LOCATIONS  -

-Rite Aid Pharmacy store – 720 Sutton Way – ask for details on how much, etc.

-Waste Management - McCourtney Road Transfer Station

More information on how and what to recycle:

https://www.bottlestore.com/whatandhowtorecycle