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
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
All glass is recyclable IF NOT BROKEN Recycle
(empty, wash & dry container)
Clear and all colors OK
Take plastic caps off Trash
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
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
– 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
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
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
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
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.
-Rite Aid Pharmacy store – 720 Sutton Way – ask for details on how much, etc.
-Waste Management - McCourtney Road Transfer Station