June 2012 home page

Recycling the Tough Stuff
Sherryl L. Parks | Kalamath Drive


Photo illustration
Art Olson

By now residents should have received their new trash carts and are getting used to the size of their new waste carts. Remember you have 90 days to exchange that waste cart, at no charge. Simply go to www.northcounty.wm.com or call (760) 439-2824 to make the exchange. If you change your solid waste cart, your rate will go up or down, depending on whether you are going larger or smaller. You can make a change in your recycling cart, or even get an additional recycling cart at no charge.

Waste Management (WM), our trash provider, has added some features to Del Mar’s pick up services. Be sure you take advantage of these:

Bulky Items Collection – for items too large to fit into a trash cart (furniture/appliances) WM will now retrieve up to five large items three times per year on a free call-in basis. Just call WM to arrange to pick up these items on your regularly scheduled collection day.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) collection – WM will also pick up e-waste curbside as part of the bulky waste collection program discussed above. E-waste is considered items such as TVs, computer printers, and fax machines.

Cell phone and household battery collection - Place unwanted cell phones and used household batteries in a clear sealed plastic storage bag and place it on top of the recycle cart for collection. Used batteries collected are AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, Alkaline, rechargeable lithium and coin cells, and small button-size.

Sharps Collection Programs - For those who require medications at home that are administered through needles, lancets or syringes, WM will soon be installing a kiosk where you can drop off your old sharps at no charge. A mailback program is also offered at modest cost at www.thinkgreenfromhome.com.

Fluorescent bulk recycling – Energy saving CFL bulbs contain mercury, which can harm people and the environment. WM will collect CFLs at its twice-annual shred events at no charge (see www.northcounty.wm.com)

Shred events – twice a year, a shred event will be scheduled for the safe destruction and ‘recycling’ of sensitive documents for residents and businesses. In addition to shredding (at these events) there will be opportunities to drop off non-controlled medications, CFL bulbs, and household batteries and cell phones. The next event is scheduled for June 9th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the upper lot of City Hall.

Holiday tree collection – trees are collected curbside for the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. A tree drop off location will also be provided at the city’s public works yard the first three weeks following the holiday.


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