Taking Recycling Seriously
from Spotlight on Montebello, 2008
Did you know that the
City of Montebello
offers FREE technical assistance to businesses and multi-family
establishments? Did you also know that these programs can save your money,
time and resources? And did you know that these programs are offered by the
City to help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas, methane emissions,
and prolong the life of our resources?
Thatís right. The City of Montebello
has taken recycling to the next step. They have not only met their mandated
diversion goals, they have exceeded them. They are interested in helping you
achieve the same type of successes by offering FREE solid waste and
recycling programs to all Montebello
businesses and multi-family establishments.
Solid waste and
recycling is not the same as it has been in years past. Technology and
changing markets have resulted in new materials being recycled. We all know
that glass, paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard can be recycled, but did
you that polystyrene and plastic grocery bags can also be recycled?
Items we once threw on our trash can now be recycled and reused in hundreds
of different products. Believe it or not, some of these materials can even
make it back into food-grade quality materials and products such as cups,
plates, forks, coffee lids, etc.
The City of Montebello
has taken steps to expand the materials available for recycling. Working
together with our solid waste providerís and recyclers, we are creating
new and innovative programs to help businesses and residents do more by
recycling once discarded materials.
collaborative efforts, we are increasing the cityís recycling rate and
reducing dependency on new materials and products. One such program is the
implementation of polystyrene recycling-the egg cartons, coffee cups, and
disposable food containers we all use.
Many of Montebelloís children also may encounter polystyrene during their daily lunch
service. Once discarded as unusable byproducts, this material has taken
valuable space in our country landfills. Slow to decompose, these products
can now be safely and environmentally processed as recyclable commodities
and returned to the economic mainstream.
consumption of polystyrene used in packaging and food service applications
eclipses 500 million pounds. The proper recycling of this material through
the cityís pilot program reduces two key elements from our waste
stream-solid organic waste and low density foam products.
recycled, we can reduce up to 40 percent of the materials generated that are
currently discarded in our county landfills.
In the weeks and
months to come, the City of
will be publishing additional information on our extensive line of solid
waste and recycling programs as well as recycling educational materials.
You may also visit the Cityís website at www.cityofmontebello.com
or call the City directly at (323) 887-4551 for more information.
by Tamar Baghdassarian for Montebello E-News from the original.