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January 6, 2010 > Recycle to save the environment

Recycle to save the environment

By Meenu Gupta

The calendar has flipped to January, time to pack up festive lights and ornaments and prepare your Christmas tree for recycling. Remember to remove all lights and tinsel so that the organic waste can be composted, mulched and converted to fuel.

Union City:
Tri-CED Community Recycling will provide convenient and free pickup curbside pick up of Christmas trees for Union City residents until Tuesday, January 26. Free drop-off location for all residents is located at 33377 Western Ave, Union City. Place your clean, green holiday tree at the curb, next to your green yard trimmings cart on your regularly scheduled yard trimmings collection day. Remove all tinsel, ornaments, nails, and tree stands. Place trees curbside by 6a.m. on collection day and no earlier than one day before. Trees should not be no more than 5 feet tall. Cut taller trees in half.

Newark:
Curbside collection For Newark residents is till Friday, January 29 on your normally scheduled garbage day. All trees for pick-up must be placed by your trash receptacle on the morning of your pick-up day. Any trees larger than 6 feet must be in cut in to sections of 6 feet or smaller to be accepted for curbside pick-up. You may choose to drop-off your Christmas tree till Friday, January 22 at Davis Street Recycling Center located at 2615 Davis St., San Leandro. For more information call (510) 638-2303 or visit www.newark.org.

Milpitas:
Curbside pick up for Milpitas is till Friday, January 8. For more information please call the Santa Clara County Recycling Hotline at (800) 533-8414. City of Hayward Curbside Recycling Program services are restricted to residents of Hayward only. The garbage collection service will pick up Christmas trees for recycling during the first two weeks of January. Residents can recycle their cut up tree in their green cart at any time. Residents must remove tinsel, ornaments, nails, and tree stands, cut trees that are more than 5-feet in length into 5-foot pieces and set the tree at the curb next to their refuse and yard trimmings carts. After the two-week period, trees set out at the curb, but not in the green cart, can be picked up for a fee, but the trees will not be recycled. Please call for the curbside collection schedule at (510) 537-9963.

Fremont:
Allied Waste Curbside Tree pickup will be till Friday, January 8, 2010 on scheduled collection day.
This program is only for Fremont residents who have a green yard waste cart from Allied Waste. There is no extra fee for recycling your holiday tree at the curb. For more information about Fremont Curbside Recycling Program call (510) 657-3500 or visit www.alliedwasteac.com. Allied Service Center drop-off till January 8 is located at 42600 Boyce Road, Fremont.


Tired of the junk mail in your mailbox every week? Declutter your mailbox as you save time and the environment. On an average each household in America receives junk mail equivalent to 1.5 trees every year. It is good to recycle junk mail but it is even better to stop getting it altogether. For prewritten template letters and links to companies that distribute such mail go to www.stopjunkmail.org.

Residents can drop off common household items that contain toxic chemicals at the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility. For dates of operation, drop-off locations please visit www.household-hazwaste.org or call (800) 606-6606.

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