If you’re like many Rossmoor residents, you want to put trash in correct containers but, at times, you’re unclear about what goes where. Below are answers to questions Rossmoor residents have asked:
AEROSOL CANS. They are flammable, even when empty. See HAZARDOUS WASTE for instructions.
APPLIANCES. See HAZARDOUS WASTE. Rapid Recycle, (925) 671-8088, will remove for a fee.
BATTERIES. Small batteries go in box just inside Gateway entrance. Or use HAZARDOUS WASTE.
BOOKS. Put paperback and hardback books, phone books, and spiral notebooks in RECYCLE (blue container or bin). If large quantities, take to MOD Recycle Yard. Give books, books-on-tape and DVDs in good condition to a local library or thrift store.
BOTTLES, CARTONS & CANS. Separate lids before putting in RECYCLE. Make sure bottles, cartons and cans are dry. If necessary, invert and air-dry.
CAPS, LIDS & PULL TABS. Metal caps and lids go in RECYCLE. Metal pull tabs, rings, plastic lids and caps go in LANDFILL.
CARDBOARD BOXES. Take large boxes up to MOD Recycle Yard. Smaller boxes can go in RECYCLE if broken down & flat. Do not leave outside containers in trash enclosure! Leave room for your neighbors!
CELL PHONES, EYE GLASSES, HEARING AIDS & PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES. Put in Lions Club’s WHITE COLLECTION BOX in front of Gateway.
CELLOPHANE. Cellophane bags and wrap go in LANLDFILL. Envelopes with cellophane windows go in RECYCLE. (Cellophane crinkles and doesn’t stretch.)
CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS. Residents should bring recyclable debris to MOD. Outside contractors must haul their debris outside of Rossmoor. If you see any construction debris being dumped in a trash enclosure, immediately call MOD (925) 988-7650. After hours call Securitas, (925) 988-7899.
DIAPERS & SANITARY PRODUCTS. Put in LANDFILL.
DONATE: Bring apparel, housewares, small furniture, and collectibles in good condition to Hospice (1345 Newell Ave #A), Leftovers Thrift Shop (2281 Olympic Blvd); or Goodwill (2536 North Main St). Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale, (510) 839-5919, will pick-up some items.
DVD & CD DISCS. Recent DVDs and CD discs go in LANDFILL. Discs older than 20 years often contain toxic chemicals and should NOT go in landfill. BEST BUY will accept them. Cut discs with personal data in half. Do NOT try to break in half – they splinter.
FOOD WASTE. If you don’t have COMPOST (green container), put compostable trash in LANDFILL. Food scraps (raw and cooked); bones; corks; flowers, plant trimmings; leaves; tissue paper; paper plates, towels, napkins, other soiled paper; and pizza boxes go in COMPOST. Loose waste is preferred, but food scraps in a paper bag, newspaper or compostable bag are OK. (Biodegradable bags are NOT!) To keep green container from getting grody, put newspaper or dry leaves at bottom before adding food waste.
FURNITURE. For options see GIVE IT AWAY, WHAT GOES TO MOD? and TRASH HAULERS.
HANGERS. Give to a thrift shop or put in LANDFILL.
GIVE IT AWAY. Check out www.freecycle.org.
HAZARDOUS WASTE. AT YOUR DOOR is a service paid by your coupon. To schedule pickup of aerosol cans, electronics (TV, computer, DVD player, cell phone), small appliances, lamps, vacuum cleaner, paint (up to 5 gallons), fluorescent light bulbs (straight or coiled), batteries, thermometers and other products with mercury, call 1-800-449-7587.
HAZARDOUS WASTE, CONTINUED. Automotive products, gardening chemicals, household cleaners, solvents, ammunition, fireworks, unused matches, tires, propane cylinders (less than 5 gallons) and smoke detectors must be taken to our county’s HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION FACILITY (4797 Imhoff Pl, Martinez), Monday to Saturday, 9AM-4PM. Photo ID required.
LIGHT BULBS. Standard, LED and halogen light bulbs go into LANDFILL. Fluorescent light bulbs are HAZARDOUS WASTE.
MATTRESSES & BOX SPRINGS: Bay Area Recycle, (925) 465-5576, will remove for a fee.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. John Muir Clinic, Goodwill and others accept everything from hospital beds to walking canes. RACORSE NETWORK in Oakland, (510) 251-2273, both accepts and gives them to the uninsured or disadvantaged.
MEDICATIONS & NEEDLES. Large metal disposal boxes are in the lobby at Gateway. Place sharp items in a hard container (not a plastic baggie), then put in the RED BOX. Keep medications in their original container (but mark out personal information); put in a sealable plastic bag; then put in the BEIGE BOX. This applies to patches also. Put liquid medication, creams and gels in LANDFILL.
PACKING MATERIAL. See PLASTIC BAGS for instructions on bubble wrap and air pillows. Bag the peanuts. Put Styrofoam and other packing material in LANDFILL. Or bring clean packing material to the UPS Store at Rossmoor Shopping Center.
PAPER. Some paper must go in LANDFILL (trash). TRASH hot beverage cups, cash register receipts, metallic or fuzzy paper, carbon paper, and diapers. COMPOST napkins, paper towels, plates and waxed cups, parchment, tissue paper, paper “to go” containers, pizza boxes, and any food-stained paper. If no green cart, put in LANDFILL.) RECYCLE newspaper, computer paper, writing paper, Post-its, catalogues, books, notebooks (spirals OK), plain wrapping paper – attached tape, staples, paperclips, and cellophane windows are OK. Shredded paper cannot go in loose – stable closed in a paper bag and label “Shredded Paper” or tie closed in a clear plastic bag.
PLASTIC. All hard plastic (with or without numbers) goes in RECYCLE. Items must be EMPTY and DRY, not perfectly clean, just dry. Plastic cannot be bonded to metal or paper (e.g., no bubble-padded mailers). RECYCLE items should be loose (not inside a paper or plastic bag).
PLASTIC BAGS. Bag the bags! Put clean, dry, plastic bags inside a plastic bag; knot it closed to make a “pillow.” Paper labels are OK, as well as plastic wrap, popped bubble wrap, and popped air pillows. UPS Store accepts clean bubble wrap.
PROPANE CYLINDERS. Return to the place of purchase or see HAZARDOUS WASTE, CONTINUED. Never put in LANDFILL!
SELL IT. Use https://sfbay.craigslist.org or HOME CONSIGNMENT CENTER (1901 Camino Ramon # F, Danville).
STYROFOAM. All Styrofoam goes in LANDFILL. UPS Store accepts clean Styrofoam packing material (peanuts or larger pieces).
TRASH HAULERS. Couches, other upholstered furniture, carpeting, golf bags, suitcases, strollers, and the like, don’t belong in our bins or carts. Trash haulers who had good reviews on Yelp.com include Rays Hauling, Vets Move Junk, East Bay Hauling, Lamorinda Hauling, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and All American Hauling.
Overflowing Containers? Please call MOD, (925) 988-7650, if your bins were missed being picked up on the regular day – or if your container is overflowing and needs an extra pickup. Your mutual is billed extra for extra trash pickups. If RECYCLE containers overflow often, your mutual director can order twice a week pickup for free.
What Goes to MOD? From residents only, MOD Recycle Yard accepts cardboard boxes, books, grass cuttings, tree and shrub trimmings, solid wood products, metal, some furniture (metal or solid wood, no upholstery, no plate glass). Be ready to show your Rossmoor ID to staff at the site.
More Information…Recycle and landfill posters are in the Rossmoor phonebook, pages 18 and 19. RecycleSmart has a more detailed list: https://www.recyclesmart.org.
DON’T LEAVE ITEMS OUTSIDE containers! Your mutual can be charged extra.
Organics recycling Pilot Program Underway
The Trash Talk Committee is pleased to report that a small, six-month pilot program in Second Mutual is underway. Republic Services will supply the Mutual, starting in Canyonwood Court and Singingwood Court , with free roll-around green organics carts for recycling yard waste and food compostables. These green carts will be kept in the same enclosure with the grey landfill and blue recycling containers.
The green carts will primarily be for food scraps and food-soiled paper but also for garden and plant compost. Unlike a private home’s backyard compost, which isn’t for animal waste, Rossmoor residents can collect not only eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit scraps, but also bones, meat and dairy products. This is because the contents of the green bins are taken to Republic Services’ industrial facility in Richmond, which is able to process animal waste products.
After the six-month pilot period, if the program is going well, the program will roll out to more entries in Second Mutual. Residents will be given a two-gallon container pail to keep in the kitchen, for collecting food scraps.
The pilot program in Second Mutual will include between 300 and 350 residences.
Trash Talk committee meetings are on the 3rd Wed — Gateway MPR#3. Anyone who is interested in improving trash handling in Rossmoor, recycling, or landfill diversion is very welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Carol Weed at (510) 409-4055 or email her at carol4ofa@gmail