Material Recycling Facility Tours

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Curiosity Quest at The MRF

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Upcoming Events
Events on September 12, 2015
Water Conservation Fair
Starts: 10:00 AM
Ends: September 12, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Location: Spring Valley Lake Country Club, 13229 Spring Valley Parkway, Victorville, CA 92395, United States
Description: The Master Composters will be staffing a table at the event.
Events on October 3, 2015
Morongo Basin Master Composter Training
Starts: 8:30 AM
Ends: October 3, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Location: Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, United States
Description: The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com for more information or to RSVP.
Events on October 10, 2015
Big Bear Lake Master Composter Training
Starts: 8:30 AM
Ends: October 10, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Location: Big Bear Lake City Hall, 39707 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, United States
Description: The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com for more information or to RSVP.
Events on October 17, 2015
Barstow Master Composter Training
Starts: 8:30 AM
Ends: October 17, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Location: Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311, United States
Description: The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com for more information or to RSVP.
Events on November 7, 2015
Shred Fest
Starts: 8:00 AM
Ends: November 7, 2015 - 12:00 PM
Location: Victor Valley Material Recycling Center, 17000 Abbey Lane, Victorville, CA 92394, United States
Description: High Desert residents are invited to attend the Shred Fest and Mulch Giveaway at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at 17000 Abbey Lane, in Victorville, just off of Stoddard Wells Road—right on the way to the County landfill. All activities are FREE and open to all residents of the High Desert.

Free Shred-Fest: High Desert residents can bring up to four bankers boxes of confidential paper documents to be shredded for free. All Purpose Document Destruction will have a truck on site, so residents can watch their documents get shredded. The free shredding is for paper documents from residents only. No business materials.

Free Mulch and Compost Giveaway: Area residents can pick up free mulch during the event. This is a “self-serve” giveaway, so residents will need to bring their own shovels and containers to load the mulch into. Limit 50 gallons per resident.

Free Drop-off of TVs, Computers, and Appliances: Area residents and businesses can bring TVs, computers, scrap metal, and appliances to drop-off for free at the RECYCLE ALLEY drop off area.

Free Reusable Grocery Bags: The first 300 visitors will receive a free reusable shopping bag. Residents can also visit the MRFs buy back center and redeem CRV bottles and cans for cash.

The Victor Valley MRF serves as the processing center for recyclables from Apple Valley and Victorville's curbside and commercial/business recycling programs. The MRF is also a buy back and drop-off recycling center open to the public and businesses. It is regularly open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Junk Mail

mailboxDo you open your mailbox each day to find it stuffed with unsolicited mail, catalogs, credit card applications, and advertisements? The best way to reduce unwanted mail is to stop it at the source. Taking some time to make a few phone calls or writing a note will save you a lot of time sorting through your daily mail.

  • The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined
  • 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened
  • On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives

Remember

Recycle the junk mail you do receive. Put all paper, including junk mail and catalogs, in your curbside or office recycling container.

Tame the Paper Tiger

The best way to handle junk mail is to STOP IT BEFORE it reaches your house. Visit some of these great websites for information on how you can “Tame the Paper Tiger!”

Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition http://stopjunkmail.org/

Stop Junk Mail at 41pounds.org http://www.41pounds.org/

Do It Yourself: Stop Junk Mail, Email, and Phone Calls http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/

Federal Trade Commission “Just Say No”  http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm

CalRecycle Reduce Junk Mail http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/reducewaste/home/junkmail.htm

Get Off National Mailing Lists

Contact the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) to register your name and address with their Mail Preference Service (MPS). The MPS will filter your name from mass mailings, significantly decreasing your direct mail load. Visit them online at www.DMAchoice.org

Keep in mind, the DMA will not stop mail from companies you do business with, charitable organizations, or commercial organizations that do not use MPS. Contact those companies directly to request their procedure to remove your name from their marketing lists.

DMAchoice
Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512

Online https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action

Reduce your direct mail by “Opting Out” of credit reporting agency list name sales. By opting-out, you remove yourself from marketing lists sold to businesses by the three national credit bureaus. It’s a simple process. Simply call 1-888-567-8688 and follow the automated instructions. You will receive a confirmation letter in the mail, which you must send back to the credit bureaus to confirm your request.

You can also opt out online at www.optoutprescreen.com.

Reduce Coupons, Ads, Product Samples

If you don’t want these items, check for the name of the company distributing the item. Write or call and ask that your address be removed from the company’s lists. These companies include:

Advo (ShopWise)
Valassis Direct Mail, Inc
Consumer Assistance
P. O. Box 249
Windsor, CT 06095
1-888-241-6760

Online at http://www.valassis.com/1024/Contact/contact_home.aspx

Harte Hanks (PennySaver)
Harte Hanks Direct Marketing
Attn: Consumer Preferences
C/O Pennysaver
2830 Orbiter Street
Brea, CA 92821

Online at http://ecom.pennysaverusa.com/mailinglist/removalform.aspx

Val-Pak Coupons
8605 Largo Lakes Dr.
Largo, FL. 33773
1-800-237-6266

Online at http://www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm

No More Catalogs

Start by registering at Catalog Choice https://www.catalogchoice.org/

Abacus Alliance shares information between catalog vendors. You can opt out of their database at http://www.abacusoptout.com/