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Palo Alto Recycling Center to close Feb. 1

Original post made on Jan 29, 2012

Rich Green hauled spools of electrical cable, old VCRs and boxes of paper from the back of his vehicle, carrying them to the appropriate metal bins at the Palo Alto Recycling Center, located at the baylands near Byxbee Park. The trip could be one of his last to the 40-year-old facility.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, January 29, 2012, 3:00 PM

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Posted by GreenTek
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Look for more dumping in the Baylands, sidestreets, freeway, and commercial/industrial parking lots. Someone will clean up the mess I guess. So much for Palo Alto claiming to be "the Green City". Now the almighty buck rules with an incompetent city manager and council. What a pity!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

The Goodwill Store is on West Meadow not East. Actually El Camino Way.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I suspect most people will put everything in either the blue, green or black bins. Most people won't dump the stuff illegally, but won't bother taking them anywhere else. Who can blame them?

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

This is so G-D stupid I cannot believe it. It is really nice to have a place to go to get rid of things and recycle them … and the land out there as long as the airport and dump are there functioning like they are now … too much noise and too much stink … there is not reason to open up a big park because no one is going to want to be there.

There are more people going out to walk at the baylands lately … but that happens this time every year as people resolve to walk more.

What Palo Alto should have done is to get rid of the airport and start a landfill there is it could be done, and maybe move the golfcourse over the stinky area which would give them a reason and constituency to get something done about the sewage plant.

Palo Alto is so incompetently managed it's pathetic.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

Anon, the "dump" closed last July!! It's not 'stinky' out there. Have you been there lately?

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Posted by Whatever
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

It is always gonna be stinky, but just because it's so marshy around there. Even the airport section gets stinky on certain days of the week. Hell, even the Dumbarton Bridge gets stinky on humid days.

But if you get directly downwind of the dump, where there's this perpetual dirt churning vehicle, it's still really stinky.

If they covered up all of that excess dirt with vegetation, it might be a halfway decent area.

It certainly helps that the million seagulls at the dump found somewhere else to go. Last year, around this time, you could have filmed a sequel to "The Birds" near the recycling center.

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Posted by toxiic waster very soon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I'm hardly going to make a special trip to Household Hazardous Waste on the first Saturday of the month before 12 noon to drop off a burned out "energy saving" fluorescent light bulb--I'd be more likely to toss it in the garbage. These are full of MERCURY. Wish the city would now devise a method to put these in the regular trash pick up. I don't mean the long tubes, I mean the little spiral bulbs.

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Posted by Problem Solver
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Many hardware stores will accept old fluorescent bulbs free of charge...old batteries as well. Next.

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

OK. I've been looking for a place to dump used needles used for insulin. I would also like to purchase a bio-hazard box to store them in. Where can I do this Problem Solver?

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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Most, if not all, pharmacies should have sharps containers for sale.

The closed box can be disposed of at PA's monthly hazardous disposal day (1st Saturday of the month) or at one of the locations listed here,
Web Link

The closest one appears to be
Los Altos Pharmacy
225 2nd Street, Los Altos

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

If you need a place to recycle your aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles, there are rePLANET sites located in the parking lot of different markets. Palo Alto's is at 164 S. California Ave (next to Mollie Stone's)

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Posted by Joanne Petersen
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm

If you bring your filled-up sharps container to the PA Hazardous Waste dropoff, they will give you a free empty container -- or at least they used to do that; with the cutbacks, maybe they won't.

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Thank you anon and Joanne!

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:44 am

My kids' school joined a clothing recycling fundraiser with a company called goodthrift. They basically pay our school by the pound for the clothing and shoes we collect... So it's a win-win situation. Better alternative than giving it to a thrift store. Their website:

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Posted by Ravi Karra
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Can anyone tell me where I can recycle styrofoam? And I do agree with the comment that it is quite cumbersome to go someplace that's open once a month to recycle old light bulbs. Wish they could pick them up like they do batteries.


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Posted by Styrofoam
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

Only have a place for packing peanuts. UPS stores will take them.

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