Green waste collection is provided to customers that reside within the curbside
recycle area. Customers receive one 96 gallon green waste cart which is collected on the same day as your normal recycling and garbage collection.
Green waste is used in a number of recycling processes, such as composting. Green waste recycling produces rich compost which can be used by local residents and farmers, rather than going to waste in a landfill.
Please contact us
for more information.
Putting plastic bags in the blue and green recycling carts hurts the recycling effort. This is the story of how a lightweight grocery bag becomes a heavyweight problem at the Yuba-Sutter Transfer Station. For years we have asked residents to put garbage
into plastic bags before dumping it in garbage
carts. This lesson has been well learned as this practice is second nature to most of us by now. But when it comes to recycling, plastic bags are on the list of BIG offenders in Yuba & Sutter Counties, along with garbage. Why is this so?
When residents place cans, glass, plastics and newspapers in plastic bags they deposit in recycling containers, the recyclables travel to the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) trapped in those bags. As the bagged recyclables enter the processing line there is no time to remove them from the bags and it's unsafe for our employees to open them. The recyclables thus cannot be sorted and end up moving down the line...right into the garbage. A sad story on all counts: the time you spent recycling is lost, material revenue is lost, and disposal costs run higher.
Plastic bags are considered "contamination," that is, foreign material that has mixed in with recyclables, reducing the quality of recyclable materials and raising processing costs.
Of course, you can recycle your plastic grocery bags PROPERLY by returning them to the store they came from. Question: Does this mean that plastic bags are actually desirable recyclables that will somehow make their way back to the store via your local residential recycling cart? They Don't. And now you know the rest of the story.
Questions About Recycling?
Please read the Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
Can I discard oil, oil filters, paint, paint thinner, batteries, insecticides, or similar materials in my carts?
Never discard hazardous waste in any of your carts. For information and instructions, please visit the Household Hazardous Waste
, page for more information.
The curbside recycling program is partially funded by the Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority and the California Department of Conservation. For more information about beverage container recycling, please call
1-800-RECYCLE or visit the Department of Conservation