California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together the state's recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship.
Through landmark initiatives like the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California works toward a society that uses less, recycles more, and takes resource conservation to higher and higher levels. Our state now leads the nation with a 65 percent recycling rate for all materials, and today recycling supports more than 140,000 green jobs in California.
CalRecycle's vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California.
In a world where our resources are finite, it’s important we recycle whenever we can. Recycling involves the process of gathering and processing materials (such as bottles and cans) that would be otherwise discarded and converting them into something new and useful.
Recycling is vital for cleaning up the environment and keeping our communities clean. By reusing recycled items to produce new products we reduce the impact we have on mother nature. Also, it doesn’t hurt that you can also make a little bit of extra money by recycling the right types of items.
How to dispose of a mattress
Moving into a new place often comes with upgrades: new home, new appliances, new furniture. If your move includes a new mattress, you’re faced with a unique challenge: How do you get rid of your old mattress? While you might have seen old mattresses casually tossed in a dumpster or lying on the side of a road, there are better options for disposing mattresses without adding to landfills. Since close to 20 million mattresses end up in landfills each year, and just one mattress can take up to 40 cubic feet in a landfill, it’s important to find a responsible mattress disposal option.
The first thing to consider when disposing your mattress is its condition. If your mattress is relatively new and still in good shape, you might be able to sell or donate it so that it doesn’t go to waste. If you’ve gotten all the use out of your mattress that it has to offer, you’re probably better off recycling it. Up to 90 percent of your mattress can be broken down and recycled, so recycling is definitely a better option for the environment than tossing your mattress in the dumpster.
For many years asbestos has been used in a wide variety of ways, and we now know that it causes a severe type of lung cancer known as mesothelioma. It is important that we regulate and monitor how it’s used, disposed of, and even recycled. The government has regulated and limited the use of asbestos, but it has not been completely banned. Additionally, there are many older buildings with asbestos that need to be safely removed. Thanks to advances in research, recycling of asbestos may be a possibility.
Mesothelioma.net has an extensive list of articles and resources discussing the importance of recognizing and dealing with this harmful material. Recycling asbestos is a new found way of better controlling the substance and is undergoing further testing for better results. Make sure to check this information out and more!
Earth911 is a privately owned, for-profit company that specializes in providing consumers with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country.
Our Earth911 Recycling Directory is the most accurate and comprehensive directory of its kind and contains recycling information for over 300 materials. We have collected over 1 million ways to recycle that people can search for to find their nearest recycling options and resources. We also have the toll-free, bilingual 1-800 CLEANUP® environmental hotline and a free mobile application, iRecycle®.
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