- Hello my name is Sofia and I have had passion for the protecting the
environment since I was a child. Waste has always bothered me. I am
here because I have questions I hope would be answered and because I
want to learn more about the local efforts to reduce waste.
Question #1: I live in a condo and we do not have Composting Bins. The
representative of the Management Company told me that condos in
Oakland cannot compost. Is this true and why? There are a lot of
condos and apartments in Oakland and if this is true we are generating
a lot of gases at the landfills. I want to compost, not on my balcony.
Question #2: Where does our recycling go when it leaves our homes?
Question #3: How can dispose of old CDs ( like America Online offers
in the mail).
Question #4: Are we banning plastic bags from Grocery Stores?
- I'm not sure about your first question about composting in condos. Anyone else? I do know some things about the other 3 questions.
Question #2: Where does our recycling go when it leaves our homes? It depends on who is picking it up? Does your recycling bin say "Waste Management" or "California Waste Solutions"? Those are the two companies that pick up and process Oakland's recycling.
If Waste Management picks up your recycling, they take it to the Davis Street Transfer Center. If CWS picks it up, they take it to their facility in West Oakland. I have toured both of those facilities and written about them with photos on my blog. I encourage you to read my series on Bay Area recycling. It's pretty enlightening:
From those locations, the recycling is sorted and then sold to companies that will actually do the recycling itself. A majority of our materials to be recycled are shipped to China.
Question #3: How can dispose of old CDs ( like offers
in the mail).
There's a company called GreenDisk which accepts these things. (http://www.greendisk.com) But my preference is to mail them back to the company with a note explaining why you don't want them to send you unrequested junk mail, especially CDs, and asking them to remove you from their list. If you don't speak up, they'll just keep sending them.
Also, there was a group of guys who were collecting AOL CDs and planned to ship them back en masse once they received 1 million of them, but according to the site, AOL has now stopped mailing out CDs: http://www.nomoreaolcds.com/
Question #4: Are we banning from Grocery Stores?
Yes. Oakland did pass a bag ban which the plastics industry is challenging in court. I don't know any more than that.