Changing the World, One Can at a Time

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 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!

2 Responses to “Changing the World, One Can at a Time

  • nelson espinoza
    10 years ago

    I’m not sure if maybe im doing something wrong but this new method compared to our old wast company sucks..The compost bin where we are supposed to dump organic(Decomposable) material is always full of maggots inside and crawling on the floor and on top everywhere!!! The smell is disgusting!! and now i have to separate my garbage into 3 different categories which meant my wife bought 3l garbage cans that she doesnt even know where to put.This sucks , i must have read the instructions wrong because this is not sanitary at all!!!

    • Hi Nelson,

      Thanks for your feedback. It sounds like you would like some help managing the new recycling program.

      Would you mind me asking what city you live in? We have just started rolling out the 3-cart system so it would help to know where you are. That way, I can direct you to someone who can help address your concerns about the organics cart.

      You can also look through this blog for suggestions on how to manage the organics you generate for compost. There are several posts that you may find useful.

      Recology won’t take over the collection till January. Right now all of the collection is being taken care of by Allied/Republic Services.


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