Recycling

Recycling for a sustainable future

Recycling starts when we put the right items in the recycle cart—it’s now more important than ever! When the wrong stuff goes in the bin, these items have to be removed by hand and thrown away in the garbage which causes slow downs to the recycling process and lowers the quality of materials sent out to be remade into new items.

Not sure what goes in the bin? – Check our Guides!

How to Recycle the Right Way:

Check: Confirm that the item is accepted by consulting our guides, using our online search engine on the home page, or downloading the El Dorado Disposal app. To Download – search ‘El Dorado’ in the app store.

Prepare:

  • Rinse or empty recyclables of all food and liquids
  • Remove plastic wrap and any packaging foam from card board
  • Flatten boxes

Keep loose:Do not place bagged recyclables in the cart. Please place free and loose into the bin—this helps the sorting process.


Oops! Let's Recycle Right.

You may have noticed an Oops! tag placed on your curbside residential recycling container. In fall 2019, El Dorado Disposal staff developed the ‘Oops’ Let’s Recycle Right’ cart tagging program to provide direct and individualized feedback to El Dorado Disposal customers on how to recycle correctly. These tags are designed to be placed onto carts when one of our drivers spots unacceptable items in a recycling bin.


How is a cart tagged?

As our drivers service the recycling carts, they watch the material fall from the carts or bins into the hopper. If the driver spots significant contamination such as bagged items, textiles, wood etc. they will provide a tag on the cart and notify customer service. The goal of this program is to identify severe contamination that compromises the recycling process such as bagged items, textiles, wood etc.


Recycling Information Phone Call and Contamination Packet

After a tag has been placed on your cart, the El Dorado Disposal customer service team will reach out to the customer by phone to discuss the observed contamination in the cart. A contamination packet will also be mailed to the customer, which will include our residential service guide, a complete list of acceptable items for curbside recycling, and a letter warning of contamination charges if items unacceptable for curbside recycling continue to be in the cart.


Three Strike Rule

After a customer has been tagged and notified about contamination in the cart, drivers will check the recycling before service. If a total of three contamination violations occur, the customer will receive a $20.00 contamination charge on their next bill and will accrue an additional charge for every contamination violation thereafter. The customer will be notified after every observed contamination violation leading up to the charge.


Why is contamination in the recycling a problem?

We are all in this together! Although El Dorado Disposal’s single stream recycling system has the ability to sort recyclables, it is designed primarily to separate the different types of recyclables from each other (i.e. separating paper from plastic from glass) and has limited capacity to remove contamination or garbage that accidentally ends up with the recycling. Too much contamination causes slow downs, break downs, increased costs, and reduced quality of material that can be remade into new items. We all need to do our part to recycle right!

Plastic Bags
In a curbside recycling audit, El Dorado Disposal employees removed fifty lbs. of plastic bags. Plastic bags cannot go in curbside carts, as they jam sorting equipment. Other common contaminates are textiles, wood, and Styrofoam.



Oops Tag
Oops! Tags that might show up on your cart

Residential Service Guide
El Dorado Disposal’s Residential Service Guide that will be mailed alongside other information in the Contamination Packet


Bulky Item Recycling:

Mattresses

You can recycle mattresses and box springs for free at our Material Recovery Facility at 4100 Throwita Way 8am-5pm. Mattresses need to be dry. To learn more about mattress recycling efforts in California please visit: www.byebyemattress.com


Carpet

Carpet can be recycled at our Material Recovery Facility at 4100 Throwita Way 8am-5pm. Please keep carpet dry and remove any padding and debris. Padding cannot be recycled.

To learn more about carpet recycling, click here.




Recycling

More information on state laws:

The Legislature and Governor Brown set a goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020 calling for the state and the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to take a statewide approach to decreasing California’s reliance on landfills. Click each Assembly Bill title to learn more.

AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling

All commercial businesses generating 4 or more cubic yards of trash per week are required to set up recycling service with your local hauler.
Business Commercial Recycling Requirements. A business (includes public entities) that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services. Businesses can take one or any combination of the following in order to reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal:
  • Self-haul
  • Subscribe to a hauler(s)
  • Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials
  • Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation

If you choose any of the three options excluding subscribing to your local hauler you must call and provide evidence of your compliance to the sustainability coordinator at El Dorado Disposal.

AB 1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling for Commercial Businesses

All commercial businesses generating 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week are required to set up organics recycling service.

January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. *Note: Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program*

The requirement to recycle organic waste can be met by taking one or any combination of the following actions.
  • Subscribe to organic waste recycling service offered by your local franchise waste hauler. Contact them directly for questions about this service.
  • Sell or donate the generated organic waste.

Please call our sustainability coordinator with any further questions: 530-313-8322

Let El Dorado Disposal contribute to a more sustainable future by letting us help you by:

  • Providing your business with a free waste audit
  • Provide recourses for reuse
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