San Carlos residents will soon be able to leave their old cell phones and batteries at the curb to be picked up for recycling. Under a new pilot program to be kicked off March 1, the South Bayside Waste Management Authority will test the feasibility of expanding its curbside program to include more of the toxic substances now banned from California's landfills. According to the Integrated Waste Management Board, less than 1% of the 507 million batteries sold in California are recycled.
Rebekah Gordon from Inside Bay Area quoted Kevin McCarthy, Director of the communityâ€™s recycling outfit, as saying that the area's current drop-off recycling scheme for spent batteries is inadequate:
It's a greatly underserved recycling need in the county. Consumer electronics are proliferating and weâ€™re using a lot more batteries, but there arenâ€™t a lot of opportunities to recycle.
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San Carlos residents will be asked to put spent batteries in a clear plastic bag on top of their recycling bin, and if the pilot is successful the program might be expanded. If permanent, San Carlos would join the small--but growing--group of cities that have realized the expansion of curbside programs is the most effective way of reaching waste reduction targets.
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