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FAQs - Recycling

Does the City of San Dimas recycle?

Yes. Waste Management provides recycling services for paper, glass, tin, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard products at all City owned facilities. Additionally, greenwaste is recycled from all City owned parks. The City also recycles batteries at City Hall and provides recycling programs at community events.

What can I recycle in my residential carts?

Recyclables go into your Grey cart. You can recycle all of these items:


*  Clear, colored, and white plastic containers, if labeled on the bottom
*  Magazines
*  Colored and construction paper
*  Telephone books

Green waste goes into your Green or Burgundy cart. Green waste accepted includes grass clippings, leaves, brush, shrubbery prunings, sawdust, tree trimmings, and tree limbs smaller than 4" in diameter.

What can I NOT recycle in my residential carts?

These items are NOT recyclable and should be placed into your trash cart: scrap metal, window or safety glass, mirrors, light bulbs, ceramics, drinking glasses, food waste, packaging materials, and Pyrex glass.. Contact Waste Management (800) 266-7551 for more information

Where can I recycle __________?

To recycle items that are banned from landfills such as sharps (hypodermic needles), batteries, florescent light bulbs and other items please see the "Reduce Reuse & Recycle Directory". For items not listed in the local directory visit Earth911.

Doesn't hauling recyclables have a negative environmental impact?

In comparing the environmental value of recycling materials to the environmental impact of hauling them, load size is important. Hauling a full load, as opposed to a half load, maximizes the efficiency of the truck and minimizes the environmental impact of collection.
More and more materials are collected together (such as commingled containers) to improve efficiency. More items in one bin means hauling full loads instead of half loads--there's no sense in hauling air. You can help increase hauling efficiency by stomping on your plastic bottles to reduce the amount of air in each load, allowing each truck to carry more bottles.

What can I do to reduce the amount of waste I produce?

Reduce Your Packaging.
Look for products that have reduced packaging or, if you must buy an over-packaged product, send a letter to the manufacturer and let them know you don't appreciate wasteful packaging practices. Most consumer labels include a corporate address. And remember to bring reusable bags with you when you shop - you can reduce your own packaging waste, too!

Take Advantage of Take-Back Programs.
Patronize companies that offer voluntary take-back programs for the products they sell, such as Home Depot's fluorescent bulb recycling program. To find recycling locations near you, visit the Earth911 website.

Ask for More Take-Back Programs.
When you buy a product, don't be afraid to ask the retailer to take-it-back at the end-of-life. If enough consumers request take-back programs, retailers and manufacturers will get the message and find ways to work together to make this happen. It really works!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…and…Rethink!
We know you've heard it before, but remember that consumers share responsibility for the products they buy and use, too. Do the right thing with a product: buy only what you need, try to use it up completely, give it to someone else who can use it, and when it's time to dispose of a product, be sure to first check the "Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Directory" for local recycling programs.

Make Smart Choices.
Consumers have the power to influence how products are made! Choosing eco-friendly products sends a powerful message to producers because they need to know that the purchase price is not the only factor that influences your decision making. Make smart purchasing decisions. Websites like GoodGuide are helping consumers find safe, healthy and green products.

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