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One-stop recycling for Palo Alto

Original post made on Mar 9, 2008

The City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to approve the citywide implementation of a new program that allows residents to throw all of their recyclables into one wheeled bin at their homes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 1:48 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Leslie Fish, a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Mar 9, 2008 at 4:51 pm

I am having the hardest time finding the 2008 compost pick up days. I found the 2007 compost pick up days, which obviously doesn't help. Your site is not very easy to negotiate.

-Leslie Fish

Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm

So you know that paloaltonline is not a city run site, correct?

On the City of Palo Alto web site it says

For information about the next compost giveaways, please call 650-329-2655.

Posted by re-cycle-r, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Excellent news!

Posted by Bad Ecology, a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2008 at 10:27 pm

This may be convenient for everyone but WOW how our garbage collection rates have gone up!!! Actually, this has not been an ecological success story, because all our recyclables must now be driven in huge diesel spewing trucks across the Bay and down into the Central Valley where we pay for them to be sorted.

Before, when we sorted them into four different boxes which we put curbside; they were taken to our own recycle center in Sunnyvale, already sorted. Much closer, and much cheaper.

Remember we are still paying rent on a lease agreement we have with the SMART Center in Sunnyvale which I think goes through until 2011, and we no longer send our recyclables there!!

Posted by Composter, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 9, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Do the recycling trucks pick up compostable materials? I didn't think this service was offered.

Posted by John, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2008 at 6:02 am

Bad Ecology: because we have a lease agreement together with Mountain View and Sunnyvale to manage the SMART Center; we have had to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade a lot of the equipment there. And, we are not taking advantage of it for our recyclables.

Again, PA made a wasteful fiscal decision and our garbage collection rates go up and up.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2008 at 10:50 am

The large green cans are for compostables. They are collected every week during the afternoon on your collection day so put the three cans out at the same time.

For some reason, they don't want palm fronds, but usually the service is very efficient.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:00 am

Better check more about "compostables" - I thought only garden refuse but not compostable kitchen refuse like orange peelings and banana peels.

Posted by Brit, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:36 am

My parents made their own compost heap for years, starting back in the 60s when home freezing took off in a big way and they kept us in frozen veg and some sort of fresh all through the year. They learned how when they were children in WWII when everyone had to as a necessity. They only gave it up recently when gardening became too much for them. They composted everything from the kitchen including loose tea - not bags (a nasty American invention, their words not mine), coffee grinds, any type of food waste but not meat and everything from the garden except weeds, because they didn't want to plant the seeds to add to their weeding. They did occasionally get an errant potato plant in the middle of their flower beds due to the potato peelings though.

Posted by Kate, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 10, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Simmer down everybody. That story is FOUR YEARS OLD. CHECK THE DATE!! I cannot understand why the Weekly posts these old stories, then people don't check the dates - and panic. Enough already.

Posted by not their fault, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm

"I cannot understand why the Weekly posts these old stories,"
er, they don't. The first poster is replying to a very old article, bringing it back to life by doing so.

Posted by T, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Yes, replying to an old article brings it back to life. Unfortunately, when an old article is brought back to life, the original post date gets changed and that can trick people into thinking they're reading a new story. (Look directly underneath the subject line for this thread and you will see what I mean.)

Posted by John, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 11, 2008 at 8:47 am

This may be an old story to you, but the consequences of this four year old decision have been bad for the City's efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Now that PASCO drives all our recyclable material down into the Central Valley has cost us all in terms unnecessary air pollution.

The fact that we are all paying for the updated equipment installed at the SMART Center in Sunnyvale and we are not using those facilities to process our recyclables has cost us all in both money and efficiency.

Just another poor decision by our CC.

Posted by Cooper, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 14, 2008 at 1:00 am

Palo Alto's recyclables have never gone to the Smart Station in SV, only PA's garbage goes there.

Prior to single stream,PA's recyclables were managed from the PA Recycling Center, now they go to the East Bay to be sorted (not the Central Valley). Waste Managment Inc owns the East Bay sort location.

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