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Recycling Your Old Batteries Is Easy

A client recently made this discovery about how to recycle her old batteries. My clients are so smart and savvy!

The Waste Management program here in San Diego makes it super simple.

On recycle day, you can put your old batteries in a ziplock bag and leave it on top of your recycle bin and they will take them away and dispose of them properly! How easy is that?

If you don’t live in San Diego and want to learn  how you can recycle, contact your local waste management company. From what I have learned, this process is available almost everywhere in the US. Also libraries and other public facilities now have bins where you can drop off at no charge.

There are also other resources listed in the infographics below. Use your mouse to enlarge:

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This is the process that happens when you recycle:

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Thanks for doing your part to recycle and protect Mother Earth!

 

 

 

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Mailman Blues? Piles & piles of mail to sort through daily?

Junk Mail

Solution: Sort your mail before you bring it into your home. Discard all junk mail & outer envelopes into a trash can on the way into your home from the mail box. Once in, designate a place where the mail always goes once it enters your home.

Bonus Tip: Visit this website & ask them to remove you from mailing lists you don’t wish to be on: www.the-dma.org/consumers/offmailinglist.html

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Christmas Tree Recycling Programs in San Diego County

Instructions for Curbside Service  

Waste Management – North County (760) 439-2824 or East County (619) 596-5100

North County customers can place their (non-flocked) trees at the curb for collection/recycling.

Be sure to remove all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, lights and the tree stand; if the tree is taller than six feet, please cut it in half.  East County customers can recycle their Christmas trees by placing the trees in their yard waste bins on their regular pick-up day, trees must be cut into 4-ft sections and must fit into yard waste container.  Flocked trees cannot be recycled, but will be collected if cut into three-foot sections and placed into the regular trash cart.  Trees will be picked  up for recycling beginning Dec. 27th until January 15th

 

Allied Waste – (619) 421-9400 or (858) 278-6061

Allied Customers with curbside yard waste collection can recycle holiday trees by placing them at the curb on their regular collection day for the first two weeks after Christmas. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, garland and plastic or metal stands.  Cut trees to 4 foot lengths or less.  Artificial trees are not recyclable through curbside programs and will not be collected.

Apartments, condominiums, mobile homes:  Contact your manager or HOA for information about collection at your complex.

 

EDCO (760) 744-2700

Christmas trees, including flocked trees, may be recycled in EDCO’s yard waste recycling program. Place cut trees in designated yard waste recycling container(s), or bundle tree sections together with twine (maximum 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter) and place on curb during regular yard waste collection or in yard waste bin.

If your apartment or condominium has a collection program for landscape material, place tree sections into your designated green waste container.

 

ESCONDIDO DISPOSAL – (760) 745-3203 (Service for Escondido only)

Christmas trees are collected curbside from single-family residents from Dec. 27th

through Jan. 14th

 

Trees must be cut to 4-foot lengths and may not be placed in plastic bags, may not be flocked, and may not include tinsel, ornaments, nails, or tree stands. Set the tree out at the curb with your regular greens collection or put in yard waste bin (must fit into yard waste bin). Flocked trees should be cut to fit inside trash container.

Multi-family residents should ask their complex manager for the tree collection site at their complex.

 

Trees will be collected from these multi-family sites from Dec. 27th through Jan. 9th

and include the

same restrictions listed above for curbside tree collection.

RAMONA DISPOSAL – (760) 789-0516

Christmas trees are collected curbside from single-family residents on their service date.  Residents

should cut down to sizes no longer than 4-feet in length or they will not be removed.  Clean Green

trees only (no plastic bags, and may not include tinsel, ornaments, nails, or tree stands).

DAILY DISPOSAL – (619) 702-3300

Christmas trees are collected curbside from single-family residents on their regular green waste

collection date. Trees must be cut into sections that fit into yard waste bin. Trees may not be flocked,

and may not include tinsel, ornaments, nails or tree stands.  Major Cities, Communities, and Unincorporated Areas

Alpine (Unincorporated)

Service Company- Waste Management, Daily Disposal, Pacific Waste, Allied Waste

Curbside – yes

Drop-off Information-N/A

Bonsall

Service Company –EDCO (760) 727-1600

Curbside- yes

Drop-off Information- Please drop at River Village at 5256 S Mission in the northwest parking lot from

12/27 to 1/10.

Camp Pendleton

Service Company- Waste Management

Curbside – yes

Carlsbad

Service Company- Waste Management

Curbside – yes

Drop-off Information-  Calaveras Park- 2997 Glasgow Dr., Poinsettia Park- 6600 Hidden Valley Road,

Stagecoach Park (lower park)- 3420 Camino de los Coches, Fire Station #1- 1275 Carlsbad Village Dr.,

Waste Management/Palomar Transfer Station- 5690 El Camino Real.

Christmas tree recycling is available between December 27 and January 17.  Please remove all lights,

ornaments, and stands.  No flocked trees accepted.

Chula Vista

Service Company- Allied Waste

Curbside- yes

Drop-off Information – Call (619) 421-9400 for more details.

Chula Vista single family residents with cart service can recycle holiday trees by placing them at

the curb on their regular collection day or use one of their two free yard waste passes to take their

tree to the Otay landfill.

Apartment, condominium, or mobile home residents:  Contact your manager or HOA for

information about the free pre-scheduled collection day for your complex.

Coronado

Service Company- EDCO

Curbside – yes

Drop-off Information- Place trees inside the collection bin: Dec. 25- Jan. 8 Collection bins located

in the parking lot of Glorietta Bay Park Boat Ramp (off Strand Way). Residents of Coronado Cays

can drop off holiday trees in the collection bin located in the parking lot across from the Fire

Station on Grand Caribe Causeway.

Crest (Unincorporated)

Service Company- Waste Management, Allied Waste

Curbside- yes

Drop-off – Waste Management’s recycling and buyback center, located at 925 Oconner St. in El Cajon,

just south of the intersection of Bradley Ave. and Johnson Ave. They will accept trees M-F 7am to 5pm,

Sat 8am to 12pm.

Del Mar

Service Company- Waste Management

Curbside – yes

Drop-off Information- N/A El Cajon City and Unincoporated

Service Company- Waste Management, Allied Waste

Curbside- yes

Drop-off – Waste Management’s recycling and buyback center, located at 925 Oconner St. in El

Cajon, just south of the intersection of Bradley Ave. and Johnson Ave. They will accept trees M-F

7am to 5pm, Sat 8am to 12pm.

Encinitas

Service Company- EDCO, (760) 436-4151

Curbside – yes, single-family residences may place their trees curbside during regular collection

service 12/27/10-01/14/11. Multi-Family complexes contact EDCO.

Drop-off Information- Contact EDCO.

Escondido

Service Company- Escondido Disposal, EDCO (760) 744-2700

Curbside: yes, single-family residents from Dec. 27 through Jan. 14. Set the tree out at the curb with

your regular greens collection. No tinsel, ornaments, nails, or tree stands.  Must be cut to 4-foot

lengths.  Flocked trees will be accepted.  Multi-family residents should ask their complex manager

for the tree collection site at their complex. Trees will be collected from these multi-family sites from

Jan. 3 through Jan. 7 and include the same restrictions listed above for curbside tree collection.

Drop-off Information- (Dec. 26 – Jan.17) Kit Carson Park – 3333 Bear Valley Parkway (south

entrance, first parking lot on right), and Jesmond Dene Park – 2401 North Broadway (in the parking

lot next to ball fields.) Look for signs at both locations. There are no tree-length restrictions at the

drop-off sites

Fairbanks Ranch (Unincorporated)

Service Company- Waste Management, Allied Waste

Curbside- yes

Drop-off Information- N/A

Fallbrook (Unincorporated)

Service Company- Fallbrook Refuse, EDCO and Waste Management

Curbside Information- yes

Drop-off Information- River Village – 5256 Mission Road (North End near Prudential Realty)

Imperial Beach

Service Company- EDCO

Curbside- yes, single family residences may place their trees curbside during regular collection

service 12/26 -1/18.

Drop-off Information- (12/26-1/22) Public Works Facility – 495 Tenth St, Boys and Girls Club – 847

Encina Ave, Sports Recreation Center – 425 Imperial Beach Blvd

Jamul (Unincorporated)

Service Company- Waste Management

Curbside- yes

Drop-off – Waste Management’s recycling and buyback center, located at 925 Oconner St. in El Cajon,

just south of the intersection of Bradley Ave. and Johnson Ave. They will accept trees M-F 7am to 5pm,

Sat 8am to 12pm.

Lakeside (Unincorporated)

Service Company- EDCO, Allied Waste, & Waste Management

Curbside- yes Drop-off – Waste Management’s recycling and buyback center, located at 925 Oconner St. in El Cajon,

just south of the intersection of Bradley Ave. and Johnson Ave. They will accept trees M-F 7am to 5pm,

Sat 8am to 12pm.

La Mesa

Service Company- EDCO

Curbside –yes

Drop-off Information- (Dec. 26 – Jan. 15) Residents of La Mesa can drop off trees at the EDCO Station,

located at 8184 Commercial Street in La Mesa’s industrial center. Holiday tree drop-off available:

Monday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed Christmas and New

Year’s Day.)  Free holiday tree mulch will be available on a self-load/self-haul basis.

Lemon Grove

Service Company- EDCO

Curbside Information- yes, single-family residences may place their trees curbside during regular

collection service 12/27-1/17

Drop-off Information- Dec. 27- Jan. 17. Collection bin located in the fenced dirt lot at the corner of

Central and Olive Ave. , across from Civic Center Park.

National City

Service Company- EDCO

Curbside Information- yes, single-family residences may place their trees curbside during regular

collection service the first two weeks after Christmas.

Oceanside

Service Company- Waste Management

Curbside – yes, customers can recycle their Christmas trees for free by placing the trees at the curb on

their regular pick-up day.  Trees will be picked up for recycling during the two weeks following

Christmas, from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7. Remove all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, lights and the

tree stand; if the tree is taller than six feet, please cut it in half. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, but

will be collected as regular trash.

Drop-off Information- N/A

Poway

Service Company- EDCO

Curbside – yes, yes, single-family residences may place their trees curbside during regular collection

service 12/27/10-1/14/11. Multi-Family complexes contact EDCO

Drop-off Information- Contact EDCO, (858) 748-7769

Rancho Santa Fe

Service Company- Waste Management, Allied Waste, EDCO, (760) 436-4151

Curbside – yes

Drop-off Information- N/A

Ramona

Service Company- Ramona Disposal (760) 789-0516) or ramonadisposal.com

Curbside – yes, Residents may place holiday trees curbside from 12/26-1/15 during regular collection

days.

Drop-off Information- Ramona High School – Dec 31st

, Jan 1st

, Jan 2nd

, Jan 8th

and Jan 9th

. Residents do

not need to cut trees. Ramona Disposal will place collection bins at the high school parking lot,

residents can put their trees in those bins.

San Diego

All City of San Diego residents please call (858) 694-7000 for more information.

Drop-off Information- See attached list on last page

San Diego-Unincorporated EDCO- (760) 744-2700, Allied WasteThose living in single-family residences may place their trees curbside during regular collection

service for the first two weeks after Christmas.

San Marcos

Service Company – EDCO

Curbside Collection – yes – Residents may place holiday trees curbside from 12/27 through 1/14

during regular collection days.

Drop-Off Dates – Dec. 26 – Jan. 12.  Place trees inside collection bins located in the parking lot of

the Senior Center, located at 111 Richmar Avenue.

Multi-Family communities contact EDCO at 760.744.2700.

Santee

Service Company- Waste Management

Curbside – yes

Drop-off Information- Waste Management’s recycling and buyback center, located at 925 Oconner St.

in El Cajon, south of the intersection of Bradley Ave. and Johnson Ave.   They will accept trees M-F 7am

to 5pm, Sat 8am to 12pm.

Spring Valley (Unincorporated)

Service Company- Waste Management, EDCO, & Allied Waste

Curbside- yes, single-family residences may place their trees curbside during regular collection

service the first two weeks after Christmas.

Drop-off – N/A

Solana Beach:

Service Company- Waste Management residential curbside,

Curbside Information- yes

Drop-off Information- (Dec. 26 – Jan. 14)  635 South Highway 101 (City Hall Parking Lot) and 715 Valley

Ave (La Colonia Community Center).

Valley Center

Service Company- Waste Management & EDCO, (760) 744-2700

Curbside – yes

Drop-off Information- Please contact EDCO at 760-744-2700 for the nearest drop off location.

Vista

Service Company-EDCO (760) 727-1600

Curbside-yes, residents may place holiday trees curbside on their regular collection day during the

two weeks after Christmas at no extra charge – from Monday, December 27 through Monday,

January 10.  Trimmings and the stand must be removed.  Organic decorations, such as natural

garland and wreathes, can also be placed in the residential designated yard waste container.

Drop off information-(Dec 27-Jan 10) Drop-off in the public parking lot between S. Santa Fe

Avenue and Mercantile Street (523 S. Santa Fe Avenue), Parking lot on the corner of S. Melrose Dr.

& Shadowridge Dr. City of San Diego

December 26, 2010 – January 23, 2011

• Residential only drop-off sites are listed below.

• Drop off trees during daylight hours only.

• No ornaments, trash, or tree stands.

• No commercial loads. • No fundraising loads.

Manual container customers using your own bins should place trees on the curb for

collection on your regular greenery recycling pickup day. Trees over four feet in length

should be cut in half.

Automated container customers using the large, green 96-gallon bin provided by the

city should cut their trees to fit into the automated container for pickup on collection

day.

Christmas Tree Residential Recycling Drop-off Sites

Site          Address

1. Carmel Valley   Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate

Drive, lower parking lot.

2. Encanto     Cielo Dr. @ Woodman St.

3. Golden Hill     Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr.

4. La Jolla     Kate Sessions Park, Soledad Rd.

5. Logan Heights    Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave.

6. Miramar   Miramar Landfill and Greenery Recycling, Convoy St.

north of Highway 52

7. Mission Bay     Sea World Dr. @ Pacific Highway

8. Oak Park   Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Dr., in Gloria’s Mesa

parking lot.

9. Ocean Beach   Robb Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St.

10. Otay Mesa/Nestor   Montgomery Waller Community Park (lower west

parking lot on Palm Avenue)

11. Rancho Bernardo   Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center,18448 W.

Bernardo Dr.

12. Rancho Penasquitos   Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mtn. Rd.

13. SDSU      Parking Lot D off Alvarado Rd.

14. Scripps Ranch    Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Dr.

15. Tierrasanta     De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

16. University City    Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Dr.

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The Story of Stuff

Although the excess stuff in our homes and offices help me stay busy in business, I would like to spread to word about this video, the Story of Stuff.

If you have not watched it yet, it will open (more…)

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