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Every little bit counts on National Recycling Day


November 13, 2013
With National Recycling Day falling on Nov. 15 this year, The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort to host a recycling center in the parking lot next to the Chamber office this Friday. Community members can drop by with their recyclable materials any time from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

National Recycling Day reminds us why we recycle and what materials belong in those blue bins. the Valley Roadrunner caught up with Bob Hill, director of recycling for EDCO, to learn more about the ins and outs of recycling.

"We're limited on landfill space, so the more we recycle the more we can expand the life of these landfills close to where we live," said Hill. Once nearby landfills are at capacity, waste collection costs will go up as waste is transported farther away.

Another benefit of recycling is that it reduces the greenhouses gases coming out of landfills and polluting the atmosphere. It spares valuable virgin resources and our environment is kept a little cleaner.

Paper products, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass bottles can all be recycled. Even paint cans can go in recycling "as long as the paint is dried and empty," said Hill. EDCO has recently introduced cartons into their recycling stream as well.

"EDCO's goal is to re-introduces as much as we can," said Hill. By 2020, EDCO hopes to divert 75 percent of waste from going into landfills.

Aside from recyclable materials, electronic waste such as old televisions or computers should be taken to special facilities in Fallbrook and San Marcos. The Valley Center Avengers Rugby Club will be hosting an e-waste day at Valley Center Elementary on Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and you can also take your e-waste to the Chamber's recycling center this Friday.

Batteries are another important material that needs to stay out of landfills. Escondido Disposal is a great place to take your batteries for safe disposal.

"I encourage everyone to put them in a coffee can, and when the can fills up, take it down the hill to one of our drop-off centers," said Hill.

Recycling is an easy step we can all take to save money and help preserve the environment. For more information on National Recycling Day, visit www.americarecyclesday.org.

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