Material Recycling Facility Tours

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Curiosity Quest at The MRF

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Upcoming Events
  • Events on October 4, 2014
    Morongo Basin Master Composter Training
    Starts: 8:30 AM
    Ends: October 4, 2014 - 12:30 PM
    Location: Yucca Valley Community Center-Cholla Room
    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 9, 2014
    JPA Technical Committee
    Starts: 1:30 PM
    Ends: October 9, 2014 - 3:30 PM
    Location: Big Bear Lake, CA, USA
  • Events on October 18, 2014
    Barstow MC Meeting
    Starts: 11:30 AM
    Ends: October 18, 2014 - 12:30 PM
    Location: Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Rd, Barstow, CA, United States
    Description: The Barstow Master Composters meet the third Saturday of the month at the Desert Discovery Center (831 Barstow Rd-Barstow) to discuss Master Composter business and share gardening and conservation information. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Don Woo at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are rapidly becoming the widest-spread litter issue in America. Because of their composition and extremely light weight, plastic bags and film plastic require special handling. Most materials recovery facilities, or MRFs, aren’t equipped to handle them. When tossed in a trashcan, the bags frequently escape and are blown about by the smallest breeze. Occasionally, the bags are even blown out of trash disposal trucks.

In order to keep plastic bags from cluttering streets, clinging to the Joshua trees, and jamming up recycling equipment in the MRF, take them back to the grocery store for proper recycling by the manufacturers.

California supermarkets and large retailers with a pharmacy must accept plastic bags for recycling. In its first three years, the at-store recycling rate increased by 50% — from 2% to 3%. By comparison, Californians now recycle their aluminum cans at a 95% rate, and the overall statewide recycling rate is 65%.

What can you do?

Every Californian uses about 10 plastic bags weekly. Most bags are used only once and then discarded.

It’s OK not to take a bag if you are only buying a single item.
Use a fabric bag. They are stronger than thin plastic (or paper) bags, and reusable hundreds of times. Remember to wash fabric bags regularly. Take them with you when you shop.
Paper bags are easily recyclable in your curbside program. Most recycling programs don’t include plastic bags, which are hard to recover at recycling facilities.
Take your plastic bags back to the store. Use them again if they are not torn. When a bag is torn or worn out, recycle it in the store’s container.