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Save the Palo Alto Recycling Center

Original post made by Cooper, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2007

We need to keep local services!!!!! Don't let our local Recycling Center be killed. Write Council and tell them we need to keep it.

The future of the Recycling Center is at stake. Seems as though City staff needs to do something underneath it in order to complete the State requirement to close the landfill so they want to want relocate it temporarily to do this and move it back there permanently. The City is being threatened with a lawsuit by a local conservation group that thinks that the current Recycling Center location is not appropriate (even though it has unofficially been there since the late 60's and officially there since the 70's) and neither are any temporary options out there according to them. The conservation group got a lawyer and is trying to squeeze the Recycling Center out of its location and run it out of town!

Don't we have a zero waste goal?

I use the Recycling Center and think it is stupid to close it when we are trying to protect our climate- this is a step backwards, not forwards. The Recycling Center could be spruced-up, get rid of the old equipment PASCO doesn't use since we now mix all the recycling together, and expand the uses at the Recycling Center to include more reuse options since that is even better than recycling. This town needs more options to reuse building materials from all the bungalows that are being demolished in this town and surrounding towns on the Peninsula. Palo Alto's Recycling Center takes more stuff than Stanford's and you can drive up to it with a truck which is good for recycling local construction waste like big pieces of metal. I have seen small businesses use the Recycling Center too.

There are no good locations for relocating a Recycling Center in Palo Alto- Palo Alto doesn't have the land. There are no other options that have been identified for relocating it. Keep it where it is.

Where is the entrepreneurship? There are low-tech needs in this community, too.

We need to keep local services!!!!! Don't let our local Recycling Center be killed. Write Council and tell them we need to keep it.

This item is on the agenda Monday Dec. 17. Attend the Council meeting to keep the recycling center. Here's the link to the agenda and report.

Web Link

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Posted by No Recycling center
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Sorry Cooper,

Recycling center must be killed. It is too inefficient - the city cannot afford it.


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Posted by joe
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 16, 2007 at 4:32 am

I don't understand what you're saying - they plan to temp move it but bring it back? How long would it be closed?

i can tell you from my experience in another community that even with curbside recycling if a recycling drop off place closes, recycling plummets.

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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:09 am

I agree with Cooper the recycling center and the compostable facilities should be kept in Palo Alto. However, there is a movement to include the land now occupied by these facilities in the new Bixby Park which is presently the city dump.

When closing these facilities was discussed previously, it appeared we may have to drive to Sunnyvale to use their facilities. This does not make sense since we will be spewing tons of carbons monoxide into the atmosphere by driving to and from Sunnyvale, and dumping our waste products on another community.

I believe very strongly that Palo Alto should take responsibility for disposing of it's own waste by providing a convenient recycling center and compostable facility within Palo Alto.

Unfortunately, we have four members of the City Council who are "lame ducks". They can make decisions and, because they will be off the City Council at the end of the year, they won't be around to take responsibility for those decisions.

This is an important community decision which should be taken by a new City Council in the New Year.

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Posted by citizen
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:07 am

just four lame ducks?

quack quack

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Posted by billabong
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 16, 2007 at 5:28 pm

Does anyone in the US expect less from the people they elect? Change your mindset people. Don't expect anything good to come from your government and your expections will always be met.

I wouldn't be surprised if they move the site...then build a Starbucks so us poor hikers have somewhere to throw away our money for a beverage...or how about a Taco Bell out there?

Why can't liberals ever get something done!!!

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Posted by Karen White
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 16, 2007 at 7:40 pm

The Recycling Center was orginally established as a destination for items that were not then picked up at curbside. Now that we have single-stream recycling that accepts nearly everything that's recyclable (dual-stream would offer the same convenience), there seems to be far less need for a Palo Alto-based recycling center. What items can be recycled at the Recycling Center that are not picked up at curbside, and would this incremental use justify the costly construction of a new center?

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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Karen: "What items can be recycled at the Recycling Center that are not picked up at curbside". Unfortunately, those single stream bins are too small for many items which need to be recycled.

A previous owner of my house left a several long metal rebars which I had to transport to the recycling center, plus old skis and a metal ski rack, not to mention large plastic containers.

If the recycling center is not there it will be very tempting to just take them to the city dump. More landfill we don't need.

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Posted by Richard
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:06 am

Karen: "What items can be recycled at the Recycling Center that are not picked up at curbside"

Here is a partial list:
plastic bags, which jam the sorting machines
milk and juice cartons
styrofoam blocks and peanuts
used motor oil
used cooking oil
scrap metal
fluorescent lights
small appliances

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:11 am

Batteries can be picked up kerbside. Keep them separate from the bins (I put mine in an old shoebox) and when the box is about 1/2 full I put them out on top of the blue recycable box and they are taken away and a new plastic bag for battery recycling is left behind. (I prefer the shoebox method though).

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Posted by Think-Things-Through
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:51 am

> What items can be recycled at the Recycling Center that
> are not picked up at curbside

Perhaps an idea would be to increase the use of curbside recycling. The current system sees hundreds of car trips a day to the recycling center. Wouldn't it be a good idea to try to get the trucks to pick up these items without people having to take them to the recycling center?

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Posted by GBD
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:55 am

There are alternatives to the Recycling Center for some items.

Fluorescent lights can be dropped off in Palo Alto at Peninsula Hardware and Palo Alto Alto Hardware and in Mountain View at Orchard Supply. See list: Web Link

Motor oil can be dropped off at Jiffy Lubes and other oil changing places. See list: Web Link____

These lists are from the site
Web Link

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Posted by k
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 17, 2007 at 3:00 pm

I accumulate two particular things: lots of plastic bags from the dry cleaners etc and milk cartons and periodically take those to the Recycling Center. This has worked fine. These items are not accepted in our curbside recycling system and I don't know where I will take these things in future. I don't go to the Recycling Center very often but it is convenient to my neighborhood and doesn't result in a lot of auto emissions...

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Posted by Jayne
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 17, 2007 at 3:14 pm

The scrap metal recycling bin is very useful. I just exchanged all the door handles in my house, the old ones I took to the metal recycling container. Door handles you can't put into your recycling bin curbside.

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