Recycling saves you money!
Curbside garbage and recycling collection is available throughout Lake County. Rates for this service are determined by the size of the garbage can you have - recycling and green waste carts are provided at no charge - so the amount of garbage you generate determines how much you pay. Even if you self-haul to a disposal site, you pay for the size of your load. If your load contains recyclables that are not sorted out, a surcharge will apply which will cost you more.
It's free to recycle, so why pay more for your garbage than you need to? On average, 75% to 90% of the waste stream can be recycled.
When you take recyclable materials (beverage containers, cans, metals, etc.) to a buy-back center, you can receive money back. If you self-haul, you can also take recyclables to a drop-off center at no charge. If you subscribe to curbside collection service, you will get a free blue recycling bin and green waste cart with your curbside garbage collection, allowing you to have smaller garbage cart (and pay less for the service!)
Most food and green waste also can be composted at home or taken to a compost facility, keeping another renewable resource out of the landfill. Thank you for recycling and composting!
Mandatory Commercial Recycling
The commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California. Furthermore, much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is readily recyclable. Increasing the recovery of recyclable materials will directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions.
The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion as a method to reduce GHG emissions. It is designed to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents. To achieve the measure’s objective, an additional 2 to 3 million tons of materials annually will need to be recycled from the commercial sector by the year 2020 and beyond.
Visit CalRecycle for further details.
Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling
Visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics for details on the new law requiring commercial business to recycle organic material, like yard waste, food waste and food soiled paper.