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Recycle / Reuse Fairs are a win-win for all

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Pallet Art work

The County of San Diego Departments of Public Works and Environmental Health hold FREE Recycle and Reuse Fairs throughout the year. At the most recent event in Fallbrook on January 12, items collected ranged from tires to appliances and from metals to green waste.

  • Three  40-yard bins of green waste collected
  • 737 tires collected
  • 9,162 lbs of paper collected and shredded
  • Three 40-yard bins of scrap metal and non-working appliances collected
  • Also, DEH collected household toxics from 608 cars and 630 loads.
  • One 40-yard bin of reusable items donated to a local thrift store

County staff partnered with Fallbrook businesses for activities that included:

  • Bicycle Maintenance - presented by Fallbrook Sports
  • Furniture and Wood repair - presented by Richard's Refinishing
  • Small Equipment Repair - presented by Hawk Engine Service
  • Home Weatherization - presented by Joe's Hardware
  • Automotive Maintenance: How to Improve your gas mileage & find your vehicle’s oil change interval, proper tire pressure - presented by O'Reilly's Auto Parts
  • Leather Repair - presented by Excelsior Leather Repair
  • How to repurpose common items:  Create functional items, gifts, and art: presented by the County of San Diego
  • Watershed health with the Enviroscape, an interactive watershed model - presented by I Love a Clean San Diego 
  • Home Composting presented by the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 
  • Tool and knife sharpening: presented by Bailey's Sharpening Service 
  • Non-toxic green cleaning solutions: presented by Shaklee 
  • And kids’ activities such as recycled arts and crafts powered by the Boys and Girls Club of North County

During these events, you can recycle everything from old worn out tires to ugly ties. Tires can be used for playground surfaces, as  rubberized asphalt concrete for our roadways, and other applications. Clothing, including those skinny ties from the 1960s to the fat paisley ones from the 1970s, can be reused for everything from everyday wear to making quilts. There are some restrictions on tires: they must be relatively free if dirt, without rims or wheels, and limited to nine per vehicle. See the link below for more information.

You can also bring yard trimmings and other green waste for mulching, paper for shredding, and metals and appliances for recycling. Sometimes even those old appliances and other things you thought worthless can find a new life with a little repair saving money in the long run.

At the Reuse Fair you can learn how to give new life to those old household items, clothes or toys - sometimes with a few simple stitches, a patch, or maybe a just a new cord. 

Other items that have served their intended purpose can, with a little bit of creativity, find innovative new applications. See the photo above what became of an old wood pallet!

Recycling, repairing, and re-using also helps to support your community, conserve our precious natural resources, and best of all can help save your money. It’s also a great way to spend some creative time with friends and family .

For more information on recycling, go to the County Recycling website

And thanks for recycling and Reusing!