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On a rainy Saturday morning late in January the Waste Management team hosted a recycling event at City Hall. This was the second event for residents to drop off papers to be shredded, and also get rid of fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, sharps and medications. The event organizer, Lori Somers, Community Organizer for WM, was delighted with the increased participating, up from 92 in 2012 to 122 this time. Lori attributes this increase to more residents who are setting aside their recyclables to take advantage of this semi-annual event at City Hall.
Del Martians Adapt to New Trash Carts
Del Mar is slowly and steadily decreasing the amount of trash, per capita, that we contribute to the landfill. Sorting recyclables into the blue bins certainly is important for both our businesses and residents. The two new eco-friendly garbage trucks are also helping with gas emissions; Waste Management plans to have their entire fleet meet this high standard within the year.
What else can you do to help with recycling?
Bulk item pick up: WM will allow 5 bulky items per household per year. To arrange a pick up on your regularly scheduled trash day, go to www.wm.com. Click on customer service and you can sign up on-line for a pick up.
Paint and other hazardous waste: Del Mar along with six other cities have arranged with Philip Services (aka PSC) to collect paint. If you call (800)714-1195 you can arrange a pick up. Each load cannot be over 125 lbs. Del Mar residents will be charged a $10 co-payment. For seniors (65+) and/or disabled, the $10 co-payment is waived. Home pick up is far cheaper than driving to Poway or Vista.
Alternatively, Del Mar residents may take household hazardous waste to facilities in Poway or Vista. More details of this ‘drop off ‘ option for exact locations and hours can be found at our city’s website.
Electronic waste: Many older computer monitors, televisions, and even ATM machines and video cameras have a cathode ray tube (CRT) or picture tube that converts electronic signals into visual images. California banned the landfill disposal of CRTs because each one contains an average of 3-8 pounds of lead. Although there are no health hazards associated with handling these items, it is important that we keep them out of the landfill where they can contaminate soil and groundwater.
Recycling electronic waste is arranged with Waste Management by calling : 1-800-386-7783. This will count as one bulk item in your annual free pick up service for bulk items.