Material Recycling Facility Tours

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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.

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.