Why Should I Recycle?
There are many reasons to recycle in Del Norte County. Here are just a few:
It’s the Law
Under California law, commercial businesses must have some kind of recycling program. California’s Commercial Recycling Mandate applies to all multi-family residential properties with five or more units, and each commercial or public entity that generates four cubic yards or 880 pounds or more of solid waste and recyclable or compostable materials per week, or that generates sixteen cubic yards or 3520 pounds of solid waste, recyclable or compostable materials. For more information on what these requirements mean for your business or agency and easy ways to comply, contact the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority at (707) 465-1100. Under locally-adopted Ordinances and a new California State Law that goes into effect in July 2012, landlords are required to provide recycling collections from their residential properties, and commercial businesses that dispose four cubic yards (about 880 pounds) or more per week are required to recycle as well. In 1989 the State of California passed a law requiring every City and County to reduce the amount of trash disposed 50% by the year 2000. In Del Norte County, we have long since exceeded this diversion or recycling rate, and are committed to strive toward Zero Waste well into the future.
Overview of Recycling Materials
The following list describes the most common recyclable materials. After you prepare your recyclable materials as described on this page, they can be recycled through Recology Del Norte’s recyclables collections programs or at any of the community drop-off recycling locations.
Never put electronics in your trash or recycling carts or bins, but you can get these collected for no extra charge. If Recology Del Norte has collected trash from your single-family residence for the past three months, you are eligible for two free bulky item collections each year. One of those bulky items can be a box of e-wastes (less than 100 pounds) or a television. Call Recology Del Norte at 464-4181 to schedule your collection.
Even apartments, trailer parks and multi-family complexes are eligible for a limited number of bulky collections. You may need to make arrangements with your landlord or property manager who will coordinate bulky item collections for your multi-family complex through Recology Del Norte.
Electronic discards may be recycled daily at the Del Norte County Transfer Station. Just keep e-waste separated, as electronics are placed in containers separated from other trash. Televisions, computer monitors, and cell phones are accepted for no charge. The minimum charge for up to 40 pounds of e-waste is half of the minimum charge for mixed wastes, though the price per ton is the same.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. You can reduce your generation of e-waste by buying devices that are more durable, or which can be easily repaired. Reuse still functioning electronic equipment by donating or selling it to someone who can still use it, or by buying used equipment. Recycle those components that cannot be repaired.
Electronic product discards, sometimes called ‘e-waste’ can include computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, printers, electronic games, audio or video equipment,
digital clocks, phones, and most anything with a circuit board in it. Such e-waste products often contain heavy metals and other materials that make them hazardous, and it is illegal to dispose of e-waste in trash or recycling carts.
Fluorescent tubes or bulbs from residents are accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station at no charge (residential fluorescent bulbs only) seven days a week. Should you have a break a fluorescent tube or bulb, ventilate the area where the tube or bulb broke for 15 minutes, then wear a dusk mask to clean up the area. Place broken tubes or bulbs in a paper bag, and keep this separate from your regular garbage. Please tell the Del Norte County Transfer Station gate attendant if you have fluorescent bulbs, tubes, or a broken fluorescent tube or bulb before disposal.
There is a charge to recycle fluorescent tubes from commercial businesses. If your business has a large number of fluorescent tubes to dispose or recycle, you may want to order pre-paid mail-back boxes for recycling fluorescent tubes – call the Authority at 465-1100 for more information on these services.
All household batteries, including all alkaline, all rechargeable, all carbon-zinc, as well as all button cells, and battery packs from rechargeable devices can now be recycled at two dozen locations in Del Norte County, including the Del Norte County Transfer Station. To store batteries prior to recycling, tape one end of each battery with masking, duct or electrical tape, and keep such household batteries separate from other trash.
Food grade fats, oils, and greases may also be recycled at the Del Norte County Transfer Station for no charge.
You can save over 60% the cost to dispose of carpet by following these steps and recycling that carpet and carpet padding at the Del Norte County Transfer Station. Carpeting must be free from any debris and rolled in manageable sections. Carpet padding may also be recycled in the carpet recycling trailer. You will need to be able to carry each roll up a ramp and load the carpet into the carpet recycling container. Carpet tack strips and linoleum are trash, and must be disposed separately.
For more information, you can see Carpet America Recovery Effort’s website here: httpsss://carpetrecovery.org/california/
Junk Autos may be recycled through A1 Auto Wreckers at 464-7732.
To report an abandoned vehicle, call the Sheriff’s department at 464-4191. You may also call the code enforcement officer for the County at 464-7254.
Keep your metals separate from your trash, and you can recycle them at the Del Norte County Transfer Station – saving about 80% of the cost to dispose of those metals as trash!
Non-aerosol paints and stains are accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge. Paints will be accepted only in their original sealed, non-leaking container with the original label. For a complete list of acceptable materials, click here.
Car batteries and other lead acid batteries are accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge.
Antifreeze (ethylene glycol) is accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge. Please bring in a sealed container. Contaminated antifreeze will not be accepted.
There are currently five certified oil recycling centers in Del Norte County. These centers will offer to pay you $0.40 per gallon of uncontaminated oil. Oil needs to be in sealed containers of not more than five gallons. For more information on how to recycle your used motor oil, click here. Auto shops, trucking firms, those with farm equipment or other small businesses can now. can bring their containers of uncontaminated used motor oil to the Del Norte County Transfer Station. Transfer station staff will pump and recycle oil in quantities ranging from 15 to 55 gallons for $15.00 per drum. Customers are reminded to follow state laws prohibiting the transportation of more than 55 gallons of used motor oil and to transport the oil securely in non-leaking drums or containers. Hambro WSG staff will perform the pumping service, verify the quantity pumped and return the customer’s container to them. The oil must be free of antifreeze, gasoline, solvents or water.
Used oil filters can be disposed at the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge (for residents only). Oil filters need to be drained 24 hours.
These materials are no longer recyclable in Del Norte County, and should be placed in the trash.