Recycling Opportunities in Concord
America Recycles Day
Waste Drop-Off and Compost Giveaway
Mt. Diablo Recycling is honoring America Recycles Day with a free E-waste Drop-off and Compost Giveaway on Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 1300 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg, CA. Free bagels and doughnuts will be provided.
Old computers, printers, televisions, cell phones and other electronic equipment can be recycled for free on this day at Mt. Diablo Recycling, part of the recycling and waste management company Garaventa Enterprises. Anyone who drops off their e-Waste items will also receive up to four bags of compost for free. Compost bags will also be provided to people who bring clean wood, yard waste, and other recycling items to the Contra Costa Waste Service facility, known as the Recycling Center and Transfer Station (RCTS). RCTS is one of the largest recycling centers in the country at approximately 170,000 square feet when combined with the adjacent Mt. Diablo Recycling Center at 1300 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg. For more information: www.mtdiablorecycling.com.
Each single-family household in Concord has one blue, 64 gallon wheeled recycling cart; one green, 96 gallon wheeled yard waste cart; and one brown, wheeled garbage cart. Residents can choose a 96-gallon garbage cart, a 64-gallon garbage cart, or a 32-gallon garbage cart. Weekly collection of additional wheeled recycling carts or green waste carts is available from Concord Disposal for $7.85 per month each.
All three carts should be wheeled to the curb on the evening before or by 5 a.m. on the day of garbage collection service. All wheeled carts should be placed at the curb, three-feet apart from one another - not obstructed by or close to any parked vehicle or any other object. This will allow Concord Disposal's new automated trucks to pick-up and empty the carts without damage to any property.
All grass and yard clippings will be disposed of directly into the wheeled green yard waste cart. Please do not place plastic bags into the green waste carts, as they are not recyclable. No wood, treated lumber, dirt, rocks or pet waste can be recycled as greenwaste. If you have a gardener who mows your lawn, please be sure to advise him/her when the new service begins to place all yard clippings directly into the green cart, without bagging it. Recyclable Items.
If you have extra garbage or appliances, please call Concord Disposal Service to schedule a special pick up or bring it to the Recycling Center and Transfer Station at 1300 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg. The Recycling Center and Transfer Station is open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every day of the year, except Christmas and New Years. Please call for prices at (925) 473-0180.
If you have questions about garbage service, please call Concord Disposal's new service hotline at 925-692-2229.
Beginning July 1, 2012, multi-family apartment complexes with 5 or more units are now mandated to recycle, per Assembly Bill (AB 341). Concord Disposal Services will be assisting multi-family apartment managers to get started on new recycling programs if they are not already, or to improve existing programs to make customers aware of the recycling options they have available. This will be occurring during June and July 2012. Customers can contact Mt. Diablo Recycling at (925) 682-4518 from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a recycling compliance review.
Apartment complexes can implement a recycling program at the cost of $1.00 per unit per month. All units in the complex must subscribe to the service and centralized recycling carts are provided. Call Concord Disposal Service at (925) 682-9113 for more information.
New Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341)
Beginning July 1, 2012, commercial businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week are now mandated to recycle, per Assembly Bill (AB 341). Concord Disposal Services will be assisting commercial businesses to get started on new recycling programs or improve existing programs over the next two months (May, June and July 2012) to make customers aware of the recycling options they have available. Customers can contact Mt. Diablo Recycling at (925) 682-4518 from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a recycling compliance review. The City is responsible for providing education and outreach to customers affected by the new mandates and for monitoring customers to ensure compliance with AB 341. Jurisdictions have flexibility to conduct education/outreach/monitoring that meets their needs. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) website has additional information on the mandatory commercial recycling law. http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/
Free business waste audits are available to businesses. Call Nick Adler at Mt. Diablo Recycling 682-4518 to have your businesses waste stream analyzed and recommendations provided for increasing recycling efforts. There is no charge for this service and you may be able to reduce your garbage bill by increasing recycling.
Grasscycling is the simple practice of leaving lawn clippings on your lawn. These clippings decompose quickly and release valuable nutrients back into the soil. For more information, including a discount program for purchasing a mulching mower, visit http://www.wastediversion.org/grasscycling.htm.
Green Building Guidelines
Conventional home building and remodeling practices consume large quantities of wood, plastic, cardboard, paper, water and other natural resources. The City of Concord has joined with 18 other Contra Costa cities and the County to develop a comprehensive guide for home remodeling and new construction. View the Green Building Guidelines on line or call the City of Concord at (925) 671-3448 to receive your free copy.
Construction and demolition, whether for a bathroom remodel or a new shopping center, creates considerable solid waste. The "Contra Costa Builder's Guide to Reuse and Recycling" lists local alternatives for recycling construction debris (scrap metal, tiles, concrete, porcelain, dry wall, wood, doors, windows, etc.). In some cases money can be received for used building materials and construction wastes. Download the Guide here or call the City of Concord at (925) 671-3448 to receive your free copy.
The City of Concord, in cooperation with other Central County cities, funds the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. This facility accepts household hazardous waste from residences for recycling. There is no charge to use this service and no appointment is necessary. The facility is open to residents of Concord and other participating Central County jurisdictions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Small businesses must make an appointment to use the facility and are charged a nominal fee based on the type and quantity of waste. The facility is located at 4797 Imhoff Place near the intersection of Highway 680 and Highway 4. Call 1-800-646-1431 for more information and detailed driving instructions or visit www.centralsan.org. Examples of household hazardous waste accepted include paint, motor oil, household cleaners, automotive care products, garden care and pest control products, pool chemicals, glues, resins and other materials.
Concord residents can call Concord Disposal and ask for a free oil collection container. We will deliver one free of charge. When it is full, please contact Concord Disposal Service to schedule a curbside pick up. The City of Concord received a grant from CAL Recycle to fund this curbside oil program. This is only for automotive oil.
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District collects used motor oil at their Household Hazardous Waste collection facility located at 4797 Imhoff Place, Martinez (near the intersection of Highways 680 and 4). The facility is open to residents of Concord and other participating Central County jurisdictions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Personnel at the facility also recycle other Household Hazardous Waste, including transmission and brake fluids, cleaning solvents, paints, batteries, and pesticides, at no charge to the public. For more information call 1-800-646-1431 or visit www.centralsan.org.
Concord Disposal now provides curbside collection service for electronic devices including those with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) such as computer monitors, televisions, scanners and some camcorders. The service is available for all Concord Disposal customers.
There is a $25 recycling fee for each CRT collected. This fee is for disassembly and removal of hazardous materials. Any CRT found in residential garbage, cleanup debris or commercial garbage would be removed and left for proper disposal by the customer.
To schedule curbside collection of CRTs and electronic waste, customers should call Concord Disposal at (925) 682-9113 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public can also take CRTs and electronic waste for a fee to the recycling center and transfer station at 1300 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg, CA. The facility is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (925) 473-0180.
Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle
We can each have an impact on the amount of garbage produced in our City by becoming aware of how much we throw out and by changing some of our habits about buying and using things. Environmentally-aware consumers produce less waste by practicing the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle. They buy products that are less toxic or contain less packaging, use reusable carts and other reusable items, maintain and repair products, participate in recycling programs, and buy products made from recycled materials. Please visit the central Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority Web site for detailed information on recycling and reuse.
For more information on any of these programs or to express comments and suggestions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Contra Costa County 2005 Contra Costa Reuse and Recycling Guide is available in its entirety.