Recycling Resources

As the global population climbs toward 7 billion, consumption is producing vast amounts of waste which requires processing. California ships more than 22 million tons of waste to landfills every year. Landfill sites can contaminate local soil, water and air quality which may threaten human health and require expensive remediation efforts. Recycling helps to curb this accumulation by cycling the waste stream back into consumption. To limit the environmental damaged inflicted on our society it is increasingly critical to properly manage our collective resources.

California Recycling Drop Off

In California, many products can be recycled from the waste stream to create renewable products. The state commonly offers trade in value to the public for typical recyclable waste items. The state of California hosts many convenient recyclable item disposal sites.

Recyclable material is commonly categorized in the following four methods:




Electronic Waste

- Computer

- Cell Phone

- Batteries

Beverage Container

- Water Bottle

- Soda Can

- Milk Carton

Motor Oil

- Synthetic Oil

- Conventional Oil

- High Mileage Oil


- Paper

- Cardboard

- Compost

Beverage Containers:
The state of California offers cash California Refund Value for beverage containers, effectively buying back containers from users at more than 2,000 recycling centers throughout the state. A typical container is worth 5 cents of refund value, or 10 cents for containers greater than 24 ounces volume.

Electronic Waste:
Non-functioning electronic devices such as televisions, computer monitors, etc. must be separated from garbage. Any functioning electronic devices should be disposed of only if necessary in order to prolong their life-cycle. If your computer contains sensitive personal information, be sure to clear its memory before discarding.

Motor Oil:
When recycled, motor oil can be cleaned and renewed. This not only prevents oil being added to the waste stream contributing to contamination, but prevents further extraction of limited petroleum hydrocarbon resources. Recycling motor oil is good for the environment and your bank account: CalRecycle offers 40 cents per gallon of used oil at oil recycling centers.

Car Tires:
Do your best to prolong the lifecycle of your car tires by maintaining proper tire pressure. When it is time to replace your tires, leave your last set with the shop. Tire derived products recycle by using tires for a number of applications including asphalt, building construction, and playground safety.

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