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County Recycling Events Produce Windfall of Used and Unwanted "Stuff"

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Residents throughout the unincorporated areas of the County are taking advantage of free recycling and collection events held at various times of the year. Everything from old, used tires to household hazardous wastes are collected for recycling and proper disposal 

At the tire recycling event held in Alpine in April, more than 600 tires were collected from 73 households. Valley Center collected a whopping 1453 tires from 139 households in March. From March through May nearly 900 used oil filters were collected at recycling and collection events.

California outlawed disposing of tires in landfills in 1993 and illegally abandoned tires in rural areas can create eyesores, fire threats and breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus and encephalitis. Recycled tires in California are used as rubberized asphalt to pave our County roadways. Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) is quieter and lasts longer. Tires can also be shredded and ground up to be used in new products such as flooring material and patio decks, playground surfaces, mulch and even burned as fuel, among other uses. The collection of used oil filters keeps hundreds of gallons of oil from getting into the storm drains and eventually entering our rivers, streams, and ocean.

For more information, or to ask about upcoming recycling events, call the County’s Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste line at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).      

Recycling events are sponsored by the County of San Diego Recycling Program with support from the Department of Environmental Health and local chambers of commerce.