Woodland’s first-Sunday Food Truck Mania is drawing large crowds downtown. More people means more waste is generated, but not all of it is necessarily trash. In an effort to reduce landfill waste by capturing recyclable materials, the City of Woodland Environmental Services Division has provided 15 portable recycling containers to the Historic Woodland Downtown Business Association for use at these and other public downtown events. The containers were purchased using grant funds provided through the CalRecycle Beverage Container Recycling Program.
“Most people know how to recycle at home, but recycling shouldn’t stop at the front door. Recycling should happen everywhere, and we’re trying to make that possible by extending recycling opportunities and recycling awareness throughout Woodland,” said Rosie Ledesma, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Woodland.
In 2009, the city Environmental Services Division used a grant from the American Chemistry Council and Keep California Beautiful to purchase and install 24 recycle bins in seven city parks. According to 2010 audit data, the installation of the 24 bins resulted in an estimated 7,500 additional pounds per year of recyclable materials that were diverted from the landfill. The hope is that making it easier to separate recyclables from trash at downtown special events will lead to a similar reduction in landfill waste.
Whether downtown, enjoying time in a park, at a business location, or at home, everyone can contribute to waste reduction by remembering to recycle.