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Trash and Recycling in the Same Truck?

Watching the garbage being picked up in Novato.

For several weeks now, I have noticed that when our trash get's picked up, it seemed like it was only one garbage truck doing it.  Today, I just happened to be outside when they came, and I watched and ... sure enough ... they were putting both the trash and recycling into the same truck.  I stopped the driver and asked him what was happening, and he said his boss told him the recycling truck was broken, and to go ahead and just put everything in one. Wow, what a mess.

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Matt McCarron December 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Novato Disposal's truck does seperate the trash from the compostable material in the truck Different compartments. Recycling is picked up seperately. There is further sorting of trash and recyclables by hand at their facility in Petaluma. No liquids or hazardous material are suppose to go into the trash. They do a pretty good job overall with in there contract's specs. But there is more to do, Redwood landfill will close by 2024 with no alternative for trash disposal. We need to pay attention to how we buy and what we throw out. The Novato City Council appointed me to the Local Task for Solid Waste in 1996 to work with all the cities and county on planning issues for your trash. Novato Snitary District hires the hauler (Novato Disposal) to help you with your trash and meet rules for the state and public health. Check here for info;http://www.marinrecycles.org/ As a community we are less than average in the county in recycling, we could do much better.
Steve McCaffrey December 16, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Novato residents' concerns for the environment is one reason Novato Disposal and Novato Sanitary District have been able to develop such advanced recycling programs. We appreciate the questions and comments from our customers and would like to clarify some facts: our garbage trucks are actually two trucks in one. These eco-friendly vehicles have two separate compartments (one for trash and the other for recycling). This reduces the amount of fuel used, cuts down the number of truck trips in your neighborhood, and reduces wear and tear on our streets. Our new trucks also have reduced emissions. Periodically, one-compartment trucks will mix trash and recycling when a dual-compartment truck breaks down. On those occasions, the material is brought to the recycling facility to be sorted. Our company has always been committed to high environmental standards, plus it is costly to bury materials in the landfill and we get paid for recyclable materials. Finally, we are committed to recycling a ground-breaking 80% of all solid waste collected in Novato by 2025. We have to recycle everything we can to meet that very high level of recycling. The bottom line is that we recycle all recyclable material regardless of how they are collected. If you have questions about our programs, please check out our website or contact me at (707) 586-7753. You can also visit our website at unicycler.com/about_us/news/your-garbage-truck-is-actually-two-in-one/ Steve McCaffrey Novato Disposal
RJM December 18, 2011 at 12:03 AM
The two compartment idea must be the reason so much trash remains on the ground around the cans all the way down my street every week.
Trent Anderson December 27, 2011 at 04:07 PM
OK, looks like everything is back to normal...two different trucks once again picking up trash and recycling. Great!
Tina McMillan December 31, 2011 at 05:58 AM
Matt Perhaps you haven't read Sylvia Barry's blog http://activerain.com/blogsview/668119/how-to-achieve-highest-recyclable-collection-rate-in-marin-county Quote: "we are proud to be the city with the highest recyclable collection and lowest solid waste rate in Marin county." Where are you getting your stats?

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