In a few months, Recology’s food scraps/yard debris, single stream recycling, and landfill-bound refuse bins will replace the traditional garbage can in many, many cities in the South Bay area in California. It means that people in San Mateo County now will have the opportunity to participate in eliminating the idea of waste from their lives.
The material that goes into the green can will go to compost. This means it is recycled in the truest sense of the word, because as anything organic would in an undisturbed natural cycle, grass, shrubs, and orange peels decompose back into earth and become fertilizer for new organic material to grow. Several weeks back Care2.com published a list 25 things you probably didn’t know you could compost. All of them, (except for urine) have long been on Recology San Francisco’s list of acceptable items.
The material in the blue can will go to a single-stream recycling facility. Single-stream recycling facilities take all inorganic recyclables like paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and plastic and send them on to their next use.
The remainders go to the landfill.
Things are looking up in San Mateo County!