In a follow-up to a standing-room only event held in August, the city of Pleasanton and Pleasanton Garbage Service (PGS) representatives will hold another free informational workshop about the city's new curbside recycling program Tuesday. The workshop will take place at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St.
The workshop will provide participants with information about the new program, which starts tomorrow. In addition to a brief presentation, the workshop will include a question and answer session as well as a display of the trash, green and new recycling carts that are being issued to all single family households.
The new curbside recycling program is replacing the blue bag recycling program. It also replaces the old program that ends Oct. 1 where residents put both trash and recyclables into one collection cart, and recyclable material is sorted from trash at the Material Recovery Facility operated by Pleasanton Garbage Service. The new recycling program differs in that residents will put trash and recyclables into separate collection carts.
Each household should receive a new recycling cart for glass and plastic bottles, steel or tin cans, jars, cardboard, aluminum cans or foil, and paper. The new program also gives customers the choice of a 35-gallon or a 96-gallon trash cart to collect waste that is not recyclable.
The new collection carts and important information about the new recycling program are currently being delivered to residents in advance of the program start. The existing green waste carts will remain in use as part of the new program. Additional information about the recycling program can be found at www.pleasantonrecycles.org.
This new program is expected to capture more recyclable material and send less waste to landfill. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans recycled 85 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste in 2007, providing an annual benefit of 193 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions reduced. This is comparable to removing the emissions from 35 million passenger cars.
For more information about the October 13 workshop, please call (925) 931-5002.