Save the Palo Alto Recycling Center
Original post made by Cooper on Dec 15, 2007
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.
on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:04 pm
Recycling center must be killed. It is too inefficient - the city cannot afford it.
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.
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.