DID YOU KNOW?
RECYCLE Symbol History:
The color that most ofen symbolized recycling is Green.
The recycling symbol you see today with three arrows in the triangle shape was designed in 1970 as part of a contest sponsored by the Container Corporation of America (CCA) (now Jefferson Smurfit Corp). As a special event for the original Erth Day in 1970 (started by John McConnell), CCA conducted a contest for graphic art students to design a symbol representing paper recycling. The winning entry was submitted by Gary Dean Anderson, a 5-year architecture student at the University of Southern California at Los Angels. Later that year, William Lloyd, modified the contest winning recycling symbol to create the present day image.
Bulky (large appliances) Item Pickup - Annually, a City of Thousand Oaks resident may request up to two free collections with a total of no more than four bulky items per calendar year. This service is open to residents living in single family homes, apartments, condominiums, and mobile homes. Bulky item pickup is available through your trash company. Call your disposal company for details: G.I. Industries (Thousand Oaks and Westlake areas) at (805) 522-9400, or Newbury Disposal (Newbury Park area) at (800) 418-7274. Also visit Southern California Edison's website for information on their Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program.
Your utility may even pay you to get rid of inefficient appliances. These programs usually involve an incentive on the order of $35 for the collection of old units, either in the form of cash or a rebate towards an ENERGY STAR replacement. A third party contractor that works with the utility will either come to you and pick up the appliance, or hold a turn-in event where you drop it of. Existing programs predominantly target old refrigerators; a few programs also offer a rebate for room air conditioners. Contractors ensure that the old units are disposed of properly.
To protect your health and the environment, California law requires all residents to take batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, e-waste, and other items known as Universal Waste to designated disposal sites.
|A complete list of Universal Waste products, and information about disposal and recycling options, is available at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). You can also call the Waste Evaluation helpline at (916) 322-7676 for help in identifying items for proper disposal.
Universal Waste includes:
- Common batteries – AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries such as hearing aid batteries
- Fluorescent tubes and bulbs and other mercury-containing lamps – fluorescent light tubes and bulbs, high intensity discharge (HID), metal halide, sodium and neon bulbs
- Thermostats – old-style with the sealed glass “tilt switch” (newer electronic versions are not included)
- Electronics – televisions, computers, monitors, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios and microwave ovens
- Electrical switches and relays – mercury switches found in some chest freezers, pre-1972 washing machines, sump pumps, electric space heaters, clothes irons, silent light switches, automobile hood and trunk lights, and ABS brakes
- Pilot light sensors – mercury switches found in some gas appliances such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters
- Mercury gauges – some barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges contain mercury
- Novelties – musical greeting cards, mercury maze games, athletic shoes (made before 1997) with flashing lights in soles
- Mercury thermometers – Many health clinics, pharmacies and doctor's offices have thermometer exchange programs to replace your old fever thermometer with one that’s mercury-free
- Aerosol cans that contain or had contained hazardous materials
Universal Waste Disposal
The following items can be recycled at local retail stores:
- Cell phones – may generally be turned in where you purchase your new cell phone or at Best Buys, Radio Shack or Staples. Many non-profit groups will also accept cell phones and refurbish them for reuse
- Computers – Dell, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway and IBM offer recycling of their products
- Rechargeable batteries – Facilities that sell rechargeable batteries must provide recycling of used rechargeable batteries. These can also be recycled at local Best Buys, Radio Shack or Staples stores
- Ink jet cartridges – may be turned in to Best Buys, Radio Shack or Staples stores. Some schools offer ink jet cartridge recycling programs as a fundraiser
Additional information on nearby disposal options is available at Earth 911 and the California State University, Sacramento
For additional assistance, please call or visit:
Electronic Equipment Recycler's List
Alameda County Computer Resource Center
1501 Eastshore Highway
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: (510) 528-4052
Fax: (510) 528-4053
Services: Recycle all types of electronics from computers to cell phones to microwave ovens. Free pick up for Berkeley residents, recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and an approved California electronics collector/recycler, donates refurbished computer systems to schools and non-profit organizations and individuals with disabilities and/or limited finances.
Computers & Education and Computer Recycling
3249 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Phone: (707) 570-1190
Fax: (707) 570-1192
Ecoplast/Western Gold Thermoplastics
840 East 60th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Phone: (213) 235-3387
Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.
2860 S East Ave
Fresno, CA 93725
Phone: (559) 442-3960, Toll-Free (800) 884-8466
Fax: (559) 442-3999
Services: We offer collection and recycling solutions for California’s Covered Electronic Waste, specializing in the environmentally safe dismantling of CRTs.
5510 E. La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92807
Phone: (800) 779-4873
Fax: (714) 779-6210
Goodwill Industries of Orange County
410 N. Fairview
Santa Anna, CA 92703
Phone: (714) 547-6301
3224 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (213) 485-1097
Fax: (213) 485-9237
30 West Mission Street, Suite 4
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 563-1009
P.O. Box 55303
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
Phone: (818) 780-3344
Polycycling of California
240 East Alton Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: (714) 646-7879
Fax: (714) 646-7879
Rapid Refill Ink
1415 N. Dutton Ave. Ste. B
Santa Rosa, Ca 95401
Phone: (707) 571-1965
Fax: (707) 571-1964
1500 North Dale Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
Phone: (714) 523-2425
Fax: (714) 523-2552
420 South 6th Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746
Phone: (626) 968-4656
note that the list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of any organization.
Buying a new computer? Know what to do with the old one?
Donation of Computers to Schools, Charities,
You don't need to store it in your attic or put it on the curbside. There are many organizations that can find a new home for your computer—or at least recover some of the valuable materials inside—before it reaches the garbage heap.
and Nonprofit Organizations
If your unwanted computer still works, donating it is probably the best way to go, and doing so will help keep toxins such as lead, mercury, and other electronic byproducts out of the environment.
Each computer dumped in a landfill is a missed opportunity to provide a computer for others to use through a nonprofit or school-based refurbisher.
In addition, depending on the current market value of your donated computer, you might be able to deduct its value from your taxes (refer to current federal and local tax laws for more information).
An online directory of agencies that facilitate the donation of used computers to schools and community groups is available at the following Web sites:
Charitable groups, such as Goodwill Industries, have begun accepting older equipment and refurbishing it for resale to individuals or donation to schools and nonprofit organizations. There are also several retail stores that refurbish older electronic equipment and resell it with a warranty. You may be given a small cash rebate for turning in your old computer.
If your older computer isn't worth donating or reusing, you can recycle it. Computer components may contain small amounts of gold, silver, and platinum in the printed wiring boards and connectors. The metal is difficult to separate from the rest of the materials, some of which may be hazardous. Electronics recycling firms, and even some state and local governments, have collection days and may be able to take your equipment—even if no one else will.
Electronics, most notably televisions and computer monitors, involve a variety of recyclable and toxic materials, including plastics, glass, steel, gold, lead, mercury, cadmium beryllium, nickel, zinc, and brominated flame retardants, many of which can be recaptured and used again.
Several major electronics manufacturers have programs in place to accept their old hardware, usually as a trade-in upon purchase of a new unit. They are joined by retail stores, including Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot and Wal-Mart, who have programs to collect appliances such as computers, monitors, laptops, printers, faxes and all-in-ones for recycling in accordance with environmental laws.
Find a local e-waste recycling or donation program by visiting EPA's eCycling page.
Residential Free Days
Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center
Due to the overwhelming success of these events, please be prepared for wait times that could take up to 90 minutes.
Residential Free Days for 2009
To help minimize delays, please follow these simple suggestions:
- Be ready with valid identification to show proof of residency to cashier
- All loads must be tarped pursuant to California State Law
- This event is for non-hazardous, residential trash and greenwaste. Please see our list for waste that is not accepted at Simi Valley Landfill
- All loads are subject to inspection
- All commercial vehicles are subject to applicable rates unless prior arrangements have been made
For more information, please call Simi Valley Landfill at 805-579-7267.
For information on bulky item pick-up at your home, please contact your refuse company.
* Thousand Oaks Residents should bring their items to Conejo Creek Park
|City of Moorpark
||Sunday, April 19
Sunday, Sept. 20
|10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|City of Simi Valley
||Sunday, May 17
Sunday, Oct. 18
|10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
|City of Thousand Oaks*
||Saturday, May 16
Sunday, Sept. 20
|8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
source: waste management
Other recycling programs
Trash/Recycling Collection Services and hauler contact information. The Curbside Recycling Program accepts plastic containers with numbers 1 – 7, glass bottles, jars, metal cans, newspapers, phone books, cardboard, empty and dry paint cans, junk mail, paper bags, and empty aerosol cans. Contact your trash hauler for any trash, recycling, or yard trimmings related issues. Visit Curbside Recycling for more information.
Check out your city's website on:
Community Clean Up and Recycling Day (FREE)
Community Enhancement Grant Program
Landfill Disposal Day (FREE)
Neighborhood Clean Up Program (FREE).
Temporary Service for Clean Up & Construction Projects
For more on all the above and more, visit your city's website.
Partial list of our surrounding city websites
Have you ever heard of Freecycle? The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,334 groups with 4,872,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. You can search for your community. Membership is free. Have fun!
FYI, there's a Conejo Valley and a Ventura County Group, that we are personally apart of. Visit http://www.freecycle.org/
Don't forget to check out our Just 4 Kids page on recycling!
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