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Curbside recycling program kicks off in Bishop area

December 22, 2011

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste going into local landfills, Bishop Disposal and the Sierra Conservation Project are offering curbside recycling bins to local residents. Recyclables will be sorted (above) and shipped away for reuse. Photo courtesy Bishop Disposal

If the United States put all of the solid waste it has collected in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks could cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles, more than 100 times.
In an effort to reduce the amount of waste Americans are putting into local landfills on a daily basis, Bishop Disposal and the Sierra Conservation Project are teaming up to expand recycling services in Bishop.
According to a joint press release from Bishop Disposal and Sierra Conservation Project, the SCP’s residential and commercial recycling programs have been strong and growing over the past five years.
“Partnering with Bishop Waste, the two companies will expand on the existing recycling services available, while at the same time discounting rates on recycling service,” the press release states.
Earlier this month, Bishop Disposal and the Sierra Conservation Project kicked off a joint effort to give all Bishop residents and businesses the opportunity to have a blue recycling-only trash bin that will be picked up weekly.
Rather than going to the landfill, the contents of the blue bins will be shipped to a recycling facility in Southern California, where the contents will be marketed to businesses that can recirculate the recyclable materials.
“I don’t think people realize how bad the problem is and what we’re doing to our environment,” said Bishop Disposal District Manager Patrick Fenton.
Fenton said the goal of the program is to keep as much recyclable material as possible out of landfills and ensure that materials like plastic, glass and cardboard are reused as much as possible.
“Those things don’t decompose, they just sit there,” Fenton said.
The recycling program began Dec. 1, and Fenton said it has gotten off to a slow start. Many businesses, including Whiskey Creek, local motels and hotels and McDonald’s, have expressed interest or signed up.
In the future, Fenton said he hopes to expand the program.
“We’re trying to go out as far as we can,” Fenton said. “If we can do anything in the county, we’re going to.”
As the program grows, Bishop Disposal hopes to expand it to include food waste that can be used for compost.
“We want to take this to another level,” Fenton said. “We want to keep this stuff out of the landfills.”
The State of California has mandated commercial recycling for all businesses and multi-family units (apartments) that create more than four cubic yards of trash per month beginning July 1, 2012.
Fenton said that basically all apartment complexes and businesses will be subject to the mandate, and Bishop Disposal and the Sierra Conservation Project are attempting to get ahead of the game by offering the service before the mandates go into affect.
“Bishop Waste is ready to help businesses downsize their current trash service while adding a recycling component,” Fenton said. “We have the experience with our local management team to provide comprehensive waste solutions for businesses to meet the new state mandate.”
To sign up for the recycling program, call Bishop Disposal at (760) 872-6561.

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