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New Recycling and Composting Program

Livermore campaign aims to reduce landfill waste 75 percent by 2015.

Here's information provided by the City of Livermore:

City of Livermore is launching “Livermore Recycles”, a program that makes recycling and composting convenient for residents and businesses. The program was developed through a partnership between the City of Livermore and Livermore Sanitation to ensure the utilization of the three cart recycling program and to help the community reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill by 75 percent by 2015. With the introduction of “Livermore Recycles”, nearly all items used by residents are now recyclable.

“This is the launch of a wonderful program to promote our efforts in reducing waste and we are excited to bring forward this initiative,” said Judy Erlandson, Public Works Manager for the City of Livermore. “Our new website, LivermoreRecycles.org, is a user friendly resource for residents and businesses to learn more about city-wide recycling and composting opportunities.”

Beginning immediately, members of the community can visit LivermoreRecycles.org to learn ‘what goes where’.  

For example:

  • Green Organics Cart: Organics consist of items such as yard trimmings, pizza boxes, paper cups and eggshells; these items are then turned into a rich soil for agriculture.
  • Blue Recyclables Cart: Recyclables are items such as empty aerosol cans, juice and soup boxes, and even computer keyboards; these recyclables are then made into new products.
  • Gray Garbage Cart: Garbage items include ceramics and plastic utensils not numbered 1-7. These items will be placed in the landfill and cannot be reused or recycled.

“I’m proud to be a resident of a city that strives to make recycling and composting programs easy to understand,” said Guille Cecil, a Livermore resident. “I know that I can help the environment and save money too when I use my recyclables and organics cart. I look forward to using this website when I have questions on where my household items belong when I’m ready to dispose of them.”

The program accepts bagged household batteries (not car batteries) if they are placed on top of the recyclables cart. However, toxic cleaners are considered hazardous waste and are not accepted in collection carts. They should be taken to Alameda County’s local household hazardous waste free drop-off facility.
The City of Livermore and Livermore Sanitation will continue to work together to raise recycling and composting awareness throughout the community. For more information and tips, visit LivermoreRecycles.org.

downtown business August 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Waste Management was much better for business owners as well, we receive in boxes of merchandise each week. With WM we had a free cardboard dumpster to recycle in (they make money off cardboard). Now we have to PAY for a 1 Yard Dumpster and businesses are given a free 96 Gallon Container for Cardboard. What a joke....most all of our boxes go in the garbage dumpster now and they can pay someone to sort it. Also instead of 1 truck going to downtown to pick up cardboard, they have to send two one to pick up small bins and then another to pick up the large bins that some businesses pay for. Talk about costing them more in fuel and manpower.
william August 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
well as far as I am concerned the bulb that burns at the fire station and has for so many years is much briter than the city council that voted for this contract with a guaranteed profit as some of you stated there needs to be an investigation!
mike August 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM
and what is wrong with a profit? living in a third world country without a garbage service is what you'll get instead.
Donna August 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
And how much is Livermore Sanitation making off of our recycables???
Sean August 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Last time I looked every city has a recycle and compost program.
Sean August 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Nothing's wrong with profit but to guarantee profit is a joke. Can you name any other industry that works like that?
Sean August 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
If i remember correctly a lot of people switched to the smaller can and that is why the rates went up. So i recycle more of my garbage and the rates go up?
Mr. Pickles August 16, 2012 at 07:09 PM
It's called crony capitalism, In fact its really socialism through the back door.
Mr. Pickles August 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Yes thats their twisted logic. It amazes me just how dumb do they think we are.
william August 16, 2012 at 08:13 PM
We are not dumb! but the question that sticks in my mind why are we letting them do this and what are we as voters in this city are we going to do about it! we the voters work hard and we hope that our companies that we work for can nake a profit to keep us employed our employers I am sure would like it if they were guaranteed that no matter what happens they will make a profit!!!
Sean August 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
So who did you vote for William? We didn't have a very progressive option last election.
mike August 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Check with the PUC, that is all the do, regulate the profit margin for utilities-think PGE.
william August 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Sean you told the truth there and it seems that the voters just don't care about and the ones that care are out voted !
amazed August 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Bill... Waste Management didn't bid on renewing their contract. City took the only bidder who could dictate the terms, since no competition.
Karen August 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I'm so glad I'm not the only one doing this... I feel like if I am being forced to pay higher rates, I am going to spend more time at work and less time sorting my garbage into appropriate containers.
Martin August 17, 2012 at 04:21 AM
"The new green is the old red"
Rich Buckley August 17, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Get Livermore out of the garbage business so the city can represent our best interests again http://tinyurl.com/3k8o3fm
JoAnne August 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Has anyone put a paper bag with a light bulb on top of the recycling can? I have resisted because I thought the bulb would be smashed on the street when the can was lifted by the truck that is ..if the bag remained on top of the can throughout the night. Instead I have found that Lowes is a great place to recycle the “environmentally friendly” mercury light bulbs along with recycling for batteries and plastic bags.
mike August 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Cities have been in the garbage business since the plague swept through Europe. it is in the best interest of a towns inhabitants that trash is disposed of swiftly and effeciently. The "Greater good" principle here most certainly applies and is the reason you have governments in the first place.
william August 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Mike the goverment of our city is supposed to be looking out for the taxpayer who pays for the services that we need! not the few who do business with the city who are guaranteed a profit! look it this way are guarenteed a raise just because you arent making ends meet it sure would be nice if I could!!
mike August 17, 2012 at 05:22 PM
So cities should not be concerned with the viability or profitablity of businesses they contract with? well what about the Federal govt. then as they sure have had some sweetheart deals with their contractors, think $1000 toilet seats for one. Public utilities are guaranteed a profit and a minimum one at that. It all goes back to the "Greater good" principle. Now is there an oppurtunity for corruption? absolutely! but that does not mean there is here.
william August 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
there are companies that only make a profit of less than one penny per dollar and they call that a profit So far there has been no actual mention of the profit that is required is it as much as our gasoline manufactures or is it a reasonabil profit as the mon&pop businesses make?
Rich Buckley August 17, 2012 at 05:43 PM
When the city owns jointly with monopolies, the utilities directly, there needs to be an outside commission (perhaps elected) that oversees. The utility ownership leads invariably to exactly what we see happening right now in run-a-way cost raises where there becomes no accountability to the public. The city elected officials need to get back into the business of being sensitive to the electorate not to cover-up run-a-way costs to programs that go off track. We see the city using this scheme in the attitude to quote elected officials for us to "toughen up" and take it. They are not representing the electorate when they drop these sorts of comments. Changes need to be made. This does not block progress, clean environments, or other creative energy saving solutions. For example, we could contract out to have installed in safe zones around our airport property and muni-owned lands, fields of solar panels to reduce community energy bills over all, maybe even help pay for recycling. There are companies that will "compete" to install without cost to the applicant, solar farm collector arrays and share the cost rebates with the owner. Adapt this incentive to cities. The problem we face in becoming partners with a powerful monopoly in trash is they start running us, rather than us running them. We are babes in the woods when working with them and need to devise controls better than what we have now. http://tinyurl.com/3k8o3fm
mike August 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The Mayor and others on his staff are elected, so un-elect them if you don't like their policies, it is the American way.
Rich Buckley August 17, 2012 at 06:25 PM
mike, The problem of run-a-way waste management contracts and policies is not likely to be changed with a new council. This council is as good as most and well intended no doubt. The problem is nearly always seduction through process. We all would likely fall under the same spell of kindly cooperation without questioning ..... until something goes wrong. The probably seems to be one that is curable by working to bring openness and transparency into our municipal system. Some of the members are open in theory to it trying for example placing highly detailed budgets on line and updating them frequently each year like this: http://tinyurl.com/3vj6ka6 Other members are not unalterably opposed to looking at self-improvement in municipal processes. None of them act as though they feel our system can not be be corrected. We just got this council, let's work with them and see if they will work with the community with meaningful efforts at transparency. It take a lot of courage and a lot of work for a councilperson act to change things. But I think we have a group of people who sincerely want to improve if they can find ways to do it. Maybe a commission over-looking waste management is not the perfect answer, but getting a debate going on the topic might be a start.
mike August 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I could not agree more! here's to more openess in all dealings of govt. both large and small. Conversely, Julian Assange should be hung! Square that.
william August 17, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Mike I agree with your last comment wholeheartedly but we as voters should do our jobs and go out and vote that is a right that we have over the rest of the world! and should the voters do the job then we can change the systems large or small so lets all get together and vote!!
Rich Buckley August 18, 2012 at 03:25 AM
mike, Many people feel the same way you do about Julian from what I've read. Julian seems to represent the struggling dualism of opposing aspects within our own-selves. We know what needs doing, and there he is doing what we can't get elected government to do for us.  Those who have come to see American foreign policy as being in an end-of-times struggle with evil-negative powers of the top-down self-serving elite, a secrete power running the world in its compartmentalized New World Order (NWO), i.e. the Rothchilds, Rockefellers, Morgans lineage. We have connected the dots and see a desperate drive by the NWO to start and profit from yet another great war and depopulate the planet exactly as carved in stone on "The Georgia Guide Stones."  This aspect of ourselves sees Julian as being a heroic-martyr in service to humankind.  We then literally kill these truth spreaders like Julian, as we do all prophets who dare to make us look at ourselves. What we see is more than what we can handle, and we contrive a thousand just reasons he must be brought down. We gladly do The NWO's bidding and feel righteous and full of patriot zeal in it's doing.  This old dualism never seems to end.
Speedie B August 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Here is a website that lists locations for CRV redemption containers and hazardous waste in Livermore. http://www.myyp.com/community/Livermore,CA/recycle . Arroyo Seco Elementary School's PTA has a CRV program where they have parent volunteers collect your empty bottles / cans and take them in to raise money. With the school year starting up, hopefully they will continue, but you will have to contact the PTA for drop-off dates. E-Mail: aspta@arroyosecopta.org Call Us: 925-606-4700 x 6447 Write Us: Arroyo Seco PTA President, 5280 Irene Way, Livermore, CA 94550 . Are there any other schools in Livermore that has a program like this where we can take our CRV containers to and they collect the money to help support their schools? I'm thinking of starting a neighborhood collection so we can redeem these containers and use the money for a block party. With a little effort, we can put this money back in our pockets or donate to the schools instead of having the trash company take it. We will then see if the trash collection goals are to reduce what goes to the landfill or is it for them to collect the CRVs. We are paying for it, either way.
Speedie B August 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
And here is a Livermore recycle place for CRV that was not listed in the website above: Century Recycling Center, CertID: RC18947.001, (925) 833-0878 2388 Research Dr Livermore, CA 94550 Alameda County Hours of Operation: Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday: Closed Recycles Beverage Containers for Cash Yes

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