Recycling is one of the easiest ways you can help slow climate change and global warming. By recycling at home, you help significantly lower carbon emissions associated with extracting virgin materials, manufacturing products and waste disposal.
Last year the amount of energy saved from recycling aluminum and steel cans, plastic PET and glass containers, newsprint and corrugated packaging was equivalent to:
- The amount of electricity consumed by 17.8 million Americans in one year.
- 29% of nuclear electricity generation in the U.S. in one year.
- 7.9% of electricity generation from fossil fuels in the U.S. in one year.
- 11% of the energy produced by coal-fired power plants in the U.S.
- The energy supplied from 2.7% of imported barrels of crude oil into the U.S.
- The amount of gasoline used in almost 11 million passenger automobiles in one year.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – It’s the right thing to do!
If you live in TREE MUSKETEERS’ hometown of El Segundo, here’s a list of recycling resources to help get you started:
City of El Segundo Curbside Recycling
- Single-Family Homes – Curbside recycling service is available for FREE to all El Segundo single-family homes and buildings with four or fewer housing units. Put your recyclables out with your regular garbage pick-up in a marked container.
- Multi-Unit Buildings – Collection is handled differently for multi-family residents that do not have a City-provided trash service. The type of service provided is the responsibility of the property owner(s), not the City. Residents should contact the building manager, association, or the waste hauler servicing the property for questions related to trash and disposal of large items.
- Multi-Family Subscription Service – Dwellers of larger complexes, 5 or more units, who would like curbside recycling have the option of enrolling in a subscription program through Consolidated Disposal Service. You can contact them at 1-800-299-4898. TREE MUSKETEERS no longer offers a curb-side subscription service.
El Segundo residents can also visit the City of El Segundo Refuse & Recycling resources page on the City’s Web site. The City of El Segundo’s curbside recycling program has been a partnership between the city, TREE MUSKETEERS and Consolidated Disposal Services, LLC since 1997.
What Can Be Recycled?
|Corrugated Cardboard||Clean Paper Bags||Flattened Cardboard & Cereal Boxes|
|Magazines, Phone books & Newspaper||Milk/Juice Cartons & Drink Boxes||Mixed Paper (office, stationery, computer paper, junk mail, envelopes|
|Wire Coat Hangers||Plastic Milk Containers||Catalogs|
|CRV Beverage Containers||Plastic containers #1-7 (all colors and shapes, no lids)||Glass Beverage Bottles & Food Jars|
|Aluminum, Steel & Tin cans||Empty Aerosol & Paint Cans||Plastic bags & Styrofoam with #'s|
Do not place the following items in containers: dirt, sod, or rock, hazardous materials such as oil, gas or paint, broken glass, helium or propane tanks, mirrors and napkins and paper towels.
Note: Consolidated Disposal Services observes the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. If your trash/recycling service falls on one of these, it will be picked up on the following day along with the houses normally scheduled for that day. Service is unaffected by other holidays.
Residents and small businesses can bring recyclables to the El Segundo Maintenance Facility at 150 Illinois St. Bins are located at the north end of the parking lot and are available 24 hours a day. You may recycle the same items that are accepted in the curbside program which are separated the same way- one bin for paper products and one for all approved items. To prevent messy overflow, please remember to flatten cardboard and paperboard.
Dispose of green waste at the City Maintenance Facility year round. Bring lawn trimmings (no sod) and tree/bush/plant clippings to the drop-off stall located at the north end of the parking lot at 150 Illinois Street. When available, free mulch is provided for El Segundo residents. All you have to do is bring a bucket. Mulch is a magic ingredient for successful home gardens. It nourishes the soil, reduces erosion and runoff by increasing absorbency, deters weed growth, and conserves water.
Holiday Tree Recycling – Residents with City provided trash service can place holiday trees curbside on regular collection days during the two weeks following the Christmas holiday. Multi-family residents can drop off trees during this time period at the Maintenance Facility at 150 Illinois Street.
Electronic Waste (e-Waste)
The term “e-waste” is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. E-waste can include computers, printers, televisions, VCR’s, cell phones, fax machines, stereos and electronic games. Electronics may contain lead, copper and other heavy metals or potentially toxic substances.
- E-Waste collection events are held periodically throughout L. A. look at this schedule to find the next HHW/E-Waste Roundup near you.
- If you have electronics that are still usable, they can be listed at Los Angeles County Materials Exchange (LACoMAX)
Construction & Demolition Debris
Construction debris, used tires and the like may not be deposited with household trash for weekly collection, or left at the drop off center. C&D recycling resources:
- Recycling_Facilities (PDF, 23KB)
- SmartBusiness Recycling
- Los Angeles County Materials Exchange (LACoMAX)
- Disposal_Facilities (PDF, 14KB)
- CD_ordinance (PDF, 233KB)
- American Waste Transfer
Household Hazardous Waste
Motor oil, paint, pesticides, disposable batteries, pool chemicals, etc. are household hazardous waste. It is best to reduce toxins in the waste stream by choosing alternative products, and to use them up once you have them. These items must be carefully disposed of separately from waste that goes into your trash and the landfill.
The City of LA operates the Hyperion Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. It is located at 7660 West Imperial Hwy, Gate B, Playa del Rey. The Center accepts waste every Saturday and Sunday 9a.m. to 3p.m. County of Los Angeles offers free household hazardous waste roundups frequently, HHW/E-Waste Roundup. Please note, you CANNOT bring tires, explosives, ammunition, trash, radioactive materials and business waste.
Reuseable items that are left at the drop off center end up in the trash when they could have done a whole lot of good if given to a charity. If you have clothing, household goods, appliances, furniture and the like that can be repaired and reused, consider donating them to a local charity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or St. Vincent de Paul. Also look up Thrift Shops/Used Clothing/Second-hand Clothing in you local Yellow Pages for other places where your donation would benefit a charity.
- Craigslist.com also has a free category in which items can be offered or selected by anyone.
- Teen Challenge of Los Angeles – (310) 644-3695
- Also available to residents is the ReUseIt Program which is sponsored by the City of El Segundo to support and encourage the efforts of its environmentally aware residents. The goal is to reduce consumption and waste by connecting people having items they no longer want with others who need those items. The mission of the ReUseIt Network is to reduce the human footprint on the Earth by promoting the conservation of resources and providing an opportunity for individuals and communities to take action.