Students of teachers Sandra Sperow and Dawn Tesarowski from Audubon School in Foster City were awarded first place. The fifth grade class was rewarded with $500 by RethinkWaste for their “The U.S.A. Just Got Recycled Map”.
Second place went to Shelly Jones’ fourth grade students at Fiesta Gardens International School for “Young Shadows: Homage to Louise Nevelson”.
Third place went to Kathie Strafaci’s sixth grade class at St. Charles School in San Carols for “Tiger,” a representation of their school mascot.
Winners will receive their awards on Saturday, April 20th from 10AM-2PM at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos.
For more information, visit www.rethinkwaste.org.
Donate Your Coats to Kids
It’s time for the annual coat drive throughout the city of San Bruno and San Mateo County.
All month, residents can drop off new and gently used coats—from infant to adult sizes—to donate to those in need of a warm coat during the cold weather season. Recology San Bruno has been holding the Coats for Kids drive all month. October 31st is the last day to participate. The drop-off locations for the coat drive are included on the map below.
The big coat giveaway in San Bruno will take place from 4-7 p.m. on November 15th at the National Guary Armory at 455 Third Ave. Each child is limited to one coat, and the children must be present to receive a coat. Learn more about the Recology San Bruno program here.
San Mateo County
From Monday, November 5th through Friday, November 9th, Recology San Mateo County drivers will collect coats curbside from residential homes on their collection day in Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo. Residents in the participating communities are asked to place coats in a clear plastic bag marked “Coats for Kids” and to then place the bag next to or on the top of their blue Recycle Cart on their regular collection day, during the week of November 5 to 9.
Collection containers labeled “Coats for Kids” will also be placed at various locations throughout participating cities noted above and the Recology San Mateo administrative office where residents can drop off coats. The drop off locations can be used by anyone interested in making a donation, even if their city is not participating in the program this year.
At the end of the drive, Recology will deliver all of the donated coats to local non-profit agencies for distribution to those in need. The Coats for Kids program is held annually by Recology and has hopes of having more communities participate each year. Below is a list of collection sites in San Mateo County.
This Halloween, compost your pumpkins!
Don’t forget that residents and businesses in the Recology San Mateo County service area can have their Halloween pumpkins composted! It helps to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill and is better for the environment.
- Over 1 billion pumpkins are produced every year.
- Pumpkins are full of rich nutrients such as zinc, iron & phosphorus.
- Zinc, iron and phosphorus are a great source of nutrients for your garden (if you have your own composting pile at home).
- Pumpkins are not only fun to decorate but delicious and healthy to eat!
- The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word Pepon which means large melon.
After you have removed the candles and decorations, simply place the pumpkins in your green Compost Cart or bin and set it out on your regular collection day.
Learn more about the composting program on Recology San Mateo County’s website.
Recology in San Carlos picks up those giant items, like stoves, couches, and washing machines, that just don’t fit in your garbage can.
Twice a year, Recology provides single family residents of the city with a chance to get rid of those items free of charge.
What can we take?
- Boxes, bundles or bags that are up to 3ft. x 3ft. x 6ft.
- One large appliance, like a clothes dryer
- One bulky item like a mattress and box spring
- One piece of furniture like a desk
- One e-waste item like a TV or microwave
The drivers can’t pick up loose items though, and you’ll need to schedule the pick up in advance.
Learn more about safe and responsible disposal of large items by visiting Recology San Carlo’s bulky item pickup service web page.
Schedule an appointment here.
A big THANK YOU to all our Recology San Mateo County volunteers who cleaned up our Bay front and local creeks!
We were glad to spend some quality time with our friends and neighbors on last Saturday during the annual Fall Cleanup and California Coastal Cleanup Day.
This year we focused on removing debris from Redwood Creek, and parts of Brewster Avenue, Marshall Street, the Union Cemetery, Whipple Avenue, Winslow Street, Woodside Road, and other areas.
You can read more about the event here.
We also had a chance to close the loop by making compost available to the communities that put their food scraps and yard trimmings to good use by recycling them!
One way that we’ve done this is to show people where their garbage goes, and what’s in it. We often take people on tours of our transfer stations, and show them what they think goes “away” after they leave their garbage on the curb. Most companies would never show the public what the folks at the Recology transfer station in San Francisco call “the Pit”.
The Pit temporarily holds what goes into the garbage can before it’s transfered to a landfill. Most of it is recyclable or compostable. When we look at the pit, we feel the same sense of sadness that others feel when they’re exposed to it for the first time. There’s a lot of wasted material in there.
We don’t hide the Pit for a reason. What folks see in there is an important part of their education about recycling, composting and landfills. And we show it to them for another reason too: to show them what they’re not seeing when they look at the Pit. Fifteen to twenty years ago, the Pit saw about 3,000 tons of waste per day. Today, the number is 1,350. We’ve been able to do this through our partnership with every resident of San Francisco and the Department of the Environment, and the three-bin system that we created, which allows everyone to sort out their compostable and recyclable material from their garbage.
We participate in coastal and city-wide clean up days to make sure what can be recycled is recycled during those events, and try to inspire people to see garbage differently through our Artist in Residence program in San Francisco and GLEAN in Portland.
Of course, there will always be garbage as long as products are made to be disposable after a single use, and as long as that is true, we will need landfills. But, we hope that the landfills of the future are “inert”–meaning no recyclable and no compostable materials go there.
Coming up with new ways to prevent usable resources from being wasted is part of the joy in our jobs. For example, one of the employees at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in San Francisco came up with the idea to recover BART tickets that still had some value and to use the proceeds to support Friends of the Urban Forest and the San Francisco Food Bank.
We love that we get a chance to make a real, positive impact on the lives of people in the cities and towns where we work, and on resource conservation and the climate. It’s a tough and dirty job, but we are glad to do it.
The WASTE ZERO Specialist at Recology San Mateo County made at stop at the Kindercourt Preschool last month to teach their students about the benefits of recycling and composting.
The Kindercourt Preschool serves children from ages zero to four years old. An introduction to recycling and composting is just one of the great activities they participate in. To the children’s surprise, after the presentation a driver demonstrated how he picks up recycling using his fully-automated truck.
“Thank you very much for coming out to talk to the children, it was a big hit they were talking about it all day, you guys made a huge impact on them.”
– Teacher Michelle
Remember, Recology San Mateo County is here to help educate the community on the importance of recycling and composting. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation at your school, or training your restaurant or office staff, one of our WASTE ZERO Specialists will be happy to help!
Call us today at 650.595.3900 or visit us at RecologySanMateoCounty.com
With spring cleaning around the corner, have you considered using one of your free Bulky Item Collections (BIC) options?
Recology provides each and every resident of San Mateo County two free collection opportunities every year. It’s your chance to get rid of that old couch, mattress, dresser or stove—for free! Your neighbors are already taking advantage of this service. One San Mateo resident thanked us for providing her the BIC service. She wrote:
“Today your workers picked up our bulky item collections (extras). We are very grateful for this service that Recology provides and I wanted to reward them this time with a sincere thank you”.
Call us at 650-595-3900 or visit us at RecologySanMateoCounty.com to schedule your pick up!
Recology San Mateo County—we’re working for you, and for a cleaner, greener environment… one stop at a time.
· We set a record-breaking Earth Hour at 8:30PM PST. (Asia took the lead.)
· Despite the rain, around 3,000 San Franciscans came out with their buckets, bags, carts and coolers to pick up free compost at the Great Compost Giveaway.
Hayes Valley Farm was happy to host the Great Compost Giveaway, since it shares Recology’s values of zero-waste and community involvement. The farm employs permaculture–a whole systems design approach to growing food and restoring natural ecologies–to minimize inputs and upcycle local waste on its 2.2 acre site in the heart of San Francisco. The photos are from the Giveaway at Hayes Valley Farm.
Now, get ready!
Recology San Mateo County and the City of San Carlos will host the next Great Compost Giveaway event on Earth Day this month.