Recycling Information for the City of Fresno:
The City of Fresno Recycling Web site provides information about recycling bottles, cans, paper, green waste, and other recyclable materials. Call the recycling hotline at (559) 621-1111 for more information.
sorting your trash, green waste and recycling at home, at work and at play, you help the environment, ease the strain on landfills, reduce contamination and return recyclables to commerce, usually as part of other products.
household hazardous waste site lists the hazards and safe methods of disposal of many hazardous products.
The following links have been generously provided by Patti Toews of the City of Fresno Recycling Program.
|Educational & Informational Presentations are available for
* Community Service Organizations
The Recycling Program staff of the City of Fresno is pleased to offer the opportunity to schedule a presentation or participate in a community outreach event for your students or members of your service organization.
To schedule a presentation, please call the Recycling Hotline at 621-1111.
For schools, recycling presentations are available to all Pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High Schools and colleges within the City of Fresno. Interactive and entertaining presentations cover information on Recycling, Resources, Conservation and Protection of the Environment. Your students will learn about the importance of recycling and programs available to them in Fresno. City of Fresno staff is happy to work with you to relate the information and materials covered in your curriculum.
Did you know¡..¡..there are at least 5 toxic materials found in today¡¯s electronic devices? Electronic devices often contain hazardous materials which should not be landfilled or incinerated. These toxins include: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, and Brominated Flame Retardants. In normal use, a computer, cell phone or other electronic device containing toxic materials is not dangerous. However, we can create risks to the environment and to our health when we dispose of these electronic devices. These risks are increased every day by the number of electronic devices we dispose of and the risks get worse when electronic devices are dumped or improperly disposed of.
In the Fresno-Clovis area, electronic devices like computer monitors, CRT screens, plasma screens, televisions, LCD screens, laptops, stereo systems, keyboards, cell phones, speakers, can be recycled at Electronic Recyclers of America, (559) 442-3960 or (800) 884-8466, 2860 S. East, Fresno, CA 93720 (off of Jensen & 99). Click here for map.
Wastes Banned From the Trash
Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposed of. It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground. Chemicals in illegally disposed hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. And by throwing hazardous waste in the garbage, you can cause additional hazards to your garbage handler.
Used Motor Oil
The California Integrated Waste Management Board's Used Oil Recycling Program develops and promotes alternatives to the illegal disposal of used oil by establishing a statewide network of collection opportunities and undertaking outreach efforts to inform and motivate the public to recycle used oil.
Recyclestore A Showcase for Recycled-Content Products
RecycleStore showcases innovative recycled-content products and puts you in touch directly with their manufacturers. Whether you are a wholesale buyer or an individual consumer, use this catalog to discover a variety of quality recycled-content products designed with your needs in mind! In fact, some manufacturers can personalize their products to your specifications.
When we hear the term "green living," many of us think of the outdoors - trees, mountains and lawns. In fact, green living can start indoors by choosing recycled plastic products, finding new and creative uses for old items, and cutting back our use of natural resources. Green living is best defined as protecting the environment by conserving and effectively using resources.
How Glass is Recycled
A glass container is made of the simplest ingredients - silica sand, soda ash and limestone. When used glass is crushed, it returns virtually to its natural state. It is inert, non-toxic and can't contaminate the environment even when disposed of in landfill sites. But there is also no reason why glass containers should ever take up valuable landfill space when they can be used, over and over again.
Glass is 100% recyclable - it can be recycled indefinitely to make new glass. The glass recycled in a jam jar today can be a juice bottle next month, then a coffee jar, a milk bottle, a pickle jar, a ketchup bottle, and on and on forever.
The goal should be the recycling of all glass food and beverage containers, so that the only new glass made is to meet increasing market growth for the products they contain.
Anything made of aluminium can be recycled repeatedly, not only cans, but aluminium foil, plates, and pie moulds, window frames, garden furniture and automotive components are melted down and used to make similar products again. The recycling of aluminium requires only 5% of the energy to produce secondary metal as compared to primary metal and generates only 5% of the green house gas emissions.
Rubber Tire Recycling
Pick up illegally dumped tires within the City of Fresno, or call Code Enforcement at 621-8473
Information for the County of Fresno
For information about recycling in the county please call (559) 262-4259.
For information on the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-Off Event, call (559) 262-4259.
"Turning It Around," a comprehensive, 68-page directory of recylers, is available from the County of Fresno, Resources Division, Department of Public Works and Planning, 2220 Tulare Street, Sixth Floor, Fresno, CA 93721-2104, phone (559) 262-4259.
California's Recycling Program:
To find a recycling drop-off location near you, or to learn about curbside pickup, enter your zip-code or select your county in the search box. If you don't find any recycling centers in your zip code, type in a neighboring zip code.
California's Local Government Library--Local Government Waste Diversion and Recycling Outreach Materials--includes links to the City of Fresno's Recycling Outreach Video and Audio Clips.
For information about recycling in the Central California area, visit the EPA's Region 9 Recycling Web site, or their Environmental Education Website.
Earth911. Information about recycling, including the recycling of motor oil, computers, hazardous waste; also, water and air quality, composting, innovative technologies, environmental education, and more.
The Internet Consumer Recycling Guide. This recycling guide provides a starting point for consumers in the USA and Canada searching the net for recycling information. The information is for regular folks with regular household quantities of materials to recycle. The goal is to help make recycling so easy and automatic that it blends into the flow of everyday life.
Amazing Recycling Facts. Did you know...?
-- A littered aluminum can will take 300 years to disintegrate.
-- One recycled aluminum can has enough energy to power the average TV set for 108 minutes.
-- It takes 95 percent less energy to produce new aluminum from discarded aluminum pop cans than from from raw materials.
-- The recovery rate on recycled aluminum is 99 percent.
-- A littered glass bottle will take 1 million years to disintegrate.
. . . and many more interesting facts about recycling!
SOME INTERESTING TOURS AND LINKS:
The Freecycle Network™ is based on the idea that the best way to reduce waste in a community is to not throw it away to begin with! The Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group. Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.