Beginning March 1, it’ll be easier than ever to recycle leftovers and organic waste along with yard waste in San Marcos.
EDCO Disposal’s new Organic Waste Recycling Program will collect food scraps and yard debris mixed together in your green cart on your regularly scheduled trash and recycling pick-up day. Organic waste includes: food scraps, landscaping and pruning, non-hazardous wood cuttings and food-soiled paper waste. If it grows, it can now be recycled in your green cart!
Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDCO is now utilizing a state-of-the-art Anaerobic Digester at its Escondido facility which breaks down organic material collected from San Marcos and other service cities into renewable natural gas to fuel vehicles and fertilizer for farms. Anaerobic Digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can make a significant contribution to the management of organic waste in California. Capturing and reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere is critical in ensuring a safe and healthy environment.
The new facility will help local cities meet a statewide target of diverting 75% of organic waste from landfills by Jan. 1, 2025, as set by state law. Organic waste including food scraps and yard cuttings make up nearly half of the trash dumped into California’s landfills each year. Organic material cannot break down when it is buried in a landfill as it would in nature or in a compost pile. That’s because it decomposes without oxygen, and in turn releases harmful methane gas into the atmosphere.
ORGANICS RECYCLING SPECIFICS:
San Marcos’ residential trash service, EDCO will begin picking up organics recycling March 1 on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Learn more below on how to request a kitchen caddie and easily capture food scraps in the kitchen before transferring to your green waste cart.
The City of San Marcos and EDCO Recycling & Waste Collection will host a free paper shredding and electronic waste collection event on Saturday, April 14 from 9 am to noon at Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road in San Marcos. The event will take place in student parking lot 14 on Mission Road between Comet Circle and the United Methodist Church.
Shredding and e-waste collection
Participants are limited to two bankers boxes (10” x 12” x 15”) per household. Items that should be shredded include legal documents, medical records, financial statements, accounting records, personnel files, audits, bank statements, tax records, receipts/invoices, canceled checks, business plans and credit card numbers.
Unwanted electronics will also be collected including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, VCRs, etc. However, no household hazardous waste (HHW) material will be accepted.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft strikes more than 10 million Americans per year and costs American businesses and consumers more than $53 billion per year — not to mention the serious financial and emotional hardships it leaves in its wake. Shredding sensitive documents with account numbers, birth dates, signatures, passwords and PIN numbers is a great step towards avoiding identity theft.
The event will be set up as a drive-thru and drop-off event. Documents will be shredded onsite. EDCO Recycling & Waste Collection is the contract trash hauler for the City of San Marcos.
For more information, call EDCO at (760) 744-2700.
Each year, EDCO Disposal residential customers can place trees, wreaths, garlands, and other botanical decorations curbside in their green waste container on the regular collection day between Saturday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 6 2016 at no extra charge. If the tree
is more than four feet tall, it should be cut in half before placing it in the container.
A tree drop-off site will also be available between Saturday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 9 at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Road. Trees do not have to be cut down if dropped off at this location.
As the holidays wrap-up remember to keep the green in San Marcos. With family get-togethers, parties, gift exchanges and holiday decorations, Americans produce approximately 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Keep the season less wasteful by using fewer disposable items and be diligent about disposing recyclable cans, bottles, gift-wrap, greeting cards and gift boxes in your blue recycling cart.
For more information about tree and holiday recycling, call EDCO Disposal at (760) 744-2700.
Did you know that Christmas tree cause approximately 200 fires annually that result in deaths, injuries and millions of dollars in property damage?
EDCO residential customers can place trees curbside in their greenwaste container on the regular collection day between Saturday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 8 s at no extra charge. If the tree is more than 4-feet tall, it should be cut in half before placing it in the container.
A tree drop-off site will also be available during the same period at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Road. Trees do not have to be cut down if dropped off at this location.
As the holidays wrap-up remember to keep the green in San Marcos. With family get-togethers, parties, gift exchanges and holiday decorations, Americans produce approximately 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Keep the season less wasteful by using fewer disposable items and be diligent about disposing recyclable cans, bottles, gift-wrap, greeting cards and gift boxes in your blue recycling cart.
For more information about tree and holiday recycling, call EDCO at (760) 744-2700.
Happy New Year! The following is a list of important announcements and upcoming events for San Elijo Hills Association:
Christmas Tree Recycling Information
The City of San Marcos offers a free central drop off for Christmas tree recycling from December 26 through January 11 at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Avenue. Curbside recycling is also available for EDCO customers who may place trees curbside on their regular collection days during the two weeks after Christmas at no extra charge. Trees must be cut into four-foot lengths and trimmings/stands must be removed.
Please call (760) 744-2700 for more information.
San Elijo Hills Foundation
The San Elijo Hills Foundation is looking to fill a couple of board positions opening up in January. The board meets monthly, usually on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 right here in San Elijo Hills.
Please stop by the Visitor’s Center (open daily 10:00AM-5:00PM) if you are interested or e-mail the foundation at email@example.com.
The San Elijo Hills Visitor Center is located across from the Town Square at:
1277 San Elijo Rd.
San Marcos, Ca 92078
-Always pick up after your pet and keep your dog on a controlled leash no more than 6 feet in length. For your convenience, there are numerous dog stations and trash receptacles strategically located throughout the community.
-Garages are designed to house vehicles and should not be used for other purposes (such as storage, home gyms, playrooms, etc.). Please use your garage for parking the number of vehicles that it was designed to hold.
-Never dump materials into the storm drain system. Delicate ecosystems live downstream. It is also a code violation, and if you are spotted by the local authorities, you can be subject to hefty fines.
-Follow all trash guidelines. Containers may not be placed outside for pick up before 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to service and must be removed no later than 9:00 p.m. the evening of the pick up. With the exception of holidays, trash is collected on Thursdays within San Elijo Hills.
COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2014! Automated Green-Waste Collection*
Starting in September 2014, current residential green-waste customers will receive a GREEN 95-gallon green-waste cart, please note that up to two additional green yard-waste carts are available at no additional cost. Residents with carts beyond three may request additional green-waste carts for a nominal fee. Use your green collection cart to separate landscape waste and other organic materials for collection each week on your scheduled EDCO service day and set out by 6 a.m.
*Only customers currently receiving green-waste collection service will receive a cart.
Click here for more information on EDCO’s upcoming automated green-waste collection!
Recyclable Green Waste Includes
Christmas trees (flocked trees are OK)
untreated and non-lead based painted wood
Place recyclable green waste directly into your designated green collection container. NO Plastic bags, please.
Please do not place any of the following materials in your designated green waste recycling container:
No plastic bags.
No kitchen scraps, fruit, trash or hazardous waste.
No animal waste.
No dirt, rocks, asphalt, concrete, sand, etc.
No treated or lead-based painted wood or lumber.
What Happens to Green Waste? Green waste is used in a variety of diversion programs, including but not limited to land application and composting.
EDCO will pick up your old cans the week after your cart is deliverd.
WHEN WILL CARTS BE DELIVERED?
Automated green-waste carts will be delivered to all residential customers between September 15 – October 3, 2014
Automated green-waste collection will begin on your regularly scheduled service day the week following delivery of your new automated cart
EDCO Waste & Recycling Services will re-enter recently repopulated areas of the City of San Marcos on Saturday May 17 beginning at 6:00 am to collect trash, recycling and green waste for residential customers in San Elijo Hills and other developments typically served on Thursday and developments surrounding Cal State San Marcos University (Discovery Hills) that are typically served on Fridays. Commercial collection service in these areas will also resume. EDCO will not serve any areas still evacuated.
EDCO Waste offers this service to San Elijo Hills residents and makes the process convenient.
Simply place your pine tree curbside on your collection day between December 26th and January 11th and EDCO will take care of the rest! Make sure you remove all ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand. Cut the tree into 4-foot lengths and place tree segments in your designated GO GREEN recycling can, or bundle branches together with twine for collection (bundle should not exceed 4 ft. x 18 in.). You can also recycle other organic decorations, such as garland and wreathes, as well as wood (no pressure-treated or lead-base painted wood), in your designated yard waste container.
On Saturday, April 6 from 9 am to 1 pm, the City of San Marcos and EDCO are sponsoring a FREE document-shredding event at Palomar Community College, 1140 West Mission Road. EDCO will also be accepting electronic waste at this event.
Accepted items include computer and television monitors, central processing units, laptop computers, miscellaneous computer components, printers and scanners, fax machines, cell phones and batteries. Participants are limited to two bankers boxes (10’’x12’’x15’’) per household for shredding and will not accept hazardous waste or appliances.
EDCO also accepts e-waste devices free of charge at the EDCO Recycling Buyback Center, 224 South Las Posas Road. Residential customers may also call EDCO to collect unwanted electronic devices for a nominal cost through the company’s bulky item collection service.