September Meeting – Recycling: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

Sustainable Rossmoor’s guest at the September meeting on was Jim Nejedly. Jim is the President of the Board of the Central Contra Costa Sanitation District. He is the General Manager of the Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery (Recycling) Center. He described the recycling processes we often take for granted. He explained challenges we face now that China does not accept many recycle materials.

Jim described the Mt. Diablo Recycling Center. The center moves 400 tons of recycling materials daily. Paper represents almost 40% of what the Center recycles. A big problem for recycling is plastic bags. Plastic bags “gum up” machinery. Jim urged the audience to place bags in one plastic bag. He gave several ways we can help the recycling process.

  1. recycle plastics marked with 1, 2, and 3
  2. recycle glass, aluminum, tin, newspaper, and cardboard
  3. rinse and scrape jars and cans
  4. don’t put items like car seats and carpeting into the recycling bins
  5. reuse items.

Jim talked about Recycle Smart. Recycle Smart is developing a system for Rossmoorians to recycle usable items such as clothing. The Recycle Smart web site describes how it is delivering high quality, cost effective solid waste reduction, recycling, and refuse programs. These provide and promote sustainability in our communities. The site has tips and tools for homes, schools, and businesses.

Check the Center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MtDiabloResourceRecovery.

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