Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hints for recycling from Recology of the Coast

Pacifica Tribune/Chris Porter, General Manager, Recology of the Coast, 7/28/15."Recology Concerns."  Thanks Chris!

Listed below are answers to recycling and composting questions that keep coming up:
Recology of the Coast Recycling Cart
Clean paper, cardboard, cans,
plastic bottles, glass jars.

• Empty pill bottles go into blue bin
• No plastic bags of any type are accepted in blue bin. Plastic bags damage the sorting equipment when the materials are sent to the secondary market for processing. Your cart will be tagged if plastic bags are Included
• Food contaminated paper products should be put in the green bin
• Please remove excess food materials from glass jars and aluminum/tin cans
• No window glass, Pyrex or china allowed in blue bin
• No small appliances or cart parts/metal pieces in blue bin. Bring to recycling yard or call for bulky item pickup
• No clothes, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or WOOD (including wood shavings) in blue bin
• No Styrofoam in blue bin
• No propane or oxygen tanks in blue bin
• Excess cardboard boxes must be broken down, secured and pieces no larger than 3x3x3
Green Waste / Organics Cart
Food, garden trimmings,
waxy cartons, to-go
containers, paper towels

• No biodegradable, compostable or plastic bags allowed in green cart. Our composting facility has a quick turnaround time frame so these bags do not breakdown in the time allotted.
• No dirt of rocks in green cart
• Animal waste cannot be included in green cart. This includes kitty liter. If included, cart will tagged and not picked up until material is removed
• Cart must close for pickup. Please cut long branches down to fit into cart
• Green garden hoses cannot be included in green cart
• No wood or wood shavings in green bin
• Next free compost giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 at the recycling yard from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please mark your calendar.

Reference Recology of the Coast/Pacifica.   Note:  Permission to reprint the Pacifica Tribune article and graphics from the website courtesy of Chris Porter, General Manager, Recology of the Coast. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh


not a fan of recology said...

We do 90% of Recology's sorting work going through the garbage like Racoons, and we still have the highest garbage rates in San Mateo County.

Kathy Meeh said...

649, your internet link led to a closed S.F. Chronicle article, "S.F. garbage-dumping contract ignites legal fight", John Wildermuth, 7/31/15-- and the photograph does look like sorting by a racoon.

Otherwise, if Pacifica has the "highest garbage rates in San Mateo County", there could be a correlation between also having the weakest city economy (low commercial); plus the hills, spread-out community sections, and beach trash.

Memo to neighbors: No plastic bags in the green or blue cart, and no walking your dog dodo there either.

Anonymous said...


I didn't know this till just now. SF Gate is free for everyone, SF is another web site that is for people who subscribe to the newspaper. I cut and pasted the article.


S.F. garbage-dumping contract ignites legal fight
By John WildermuthJuly 31, 2015 Updated: July 31, 2015 6:48pm
A bulldozer and crane prepare to load garbage on a long-haul truck at the Recology transfer station in San Francisco. Photo: Loren Elliott / Loren Elliott / The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES Photo: Loren Elliott / Loren Elliott / The Chronicle A bulldozer and crane prepare to load garbage on a long-haul truck at the Recology transfer station in San Francisco.
San Francisco’s garbage is headed to Vacaville for the next nine years, but not without an unwanted detour through the courts.

Deborah Raphael, director of the city’s Department of the Environment, signed an agreement with Recology last week that allows the garbage company to haul the city’s trash to its dump in Solano County instead of the Altamont landfill in eastern Alameda County it has used since 1987.

But Waste Management, which owns the Altamont site, isn’t giving up without a fight. The Houston company, which is the largest trash company in North America, is suing to block the landfill switch and force the city — and Recology — to keep hauling its garbage to Alameda County.

There’s plenty of money at stake, with the dumping contract worth an estimated $130 million. The city currently pays about $7.7 million a year to send its trash to Altamont, a cost that was scheduled to rise substantially, regardless of who won the new contract.

Kathy Meeh said...

649, 124, you had the right idea to post a link to prove your point. Here's that link.
Good article, but does not necessarily supports or prove your comment that, "we still have the highest garbage rates in San Mateo County".

I didn't find a link to the article you posted at 126, but you're welcome to post it as a source link, or a source link with a few sentences, even a few short paragraphs. (I removed it because the source was not identified, there was no link, it was outside the length guidelines for copyright, as well as for this blog.)

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