City of Turlock Asks Turlockers to Keep Contaminated Materials Out of Blue Bins

Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com

The City of Turlock and Turlock Scavenger Company are encouraging Turlockers to “Recycle Clean – Keep Turlock Clean” by not contaminating the recyclables in their blue trash bin.

Turlock Scavenger currently provides residential pick-up service through a “three-cart” waste collection system. Solid Waste (black cart), commingled recyclables (blue cart), and green waste (green bin) is collected by Turlock Scavenger.

Blue carts have greatly helped the City’s efforts to comply with State of California mandates to reduce the amount of solid waste that is disposed in landfills.

California law requires all agencies, including the City of Turlock, to divert a minimum of 50 percent of its solid waste from landfills. Historically, the City of Turlock and Turlock Scavenger have met and exceeded that 50 percent goal, according to a release from the City.

However, recent numbers from the facility that processes Turlock’s recyclables indicate that the level of contamination found within blue carts exceeds industry standards. If contamination levels continue, the City would have trouble meeting State regulation requirements.

The City and Turlock Scavenger are asking Turlockers to not contaminate the recyclables they place in their blue cart.

According to the City of Turlock website, only cardboard, paper, newspaper, plastic bags, cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and jugs, and scrap metal can be recycled in the blue carts; cans and bottles must be rinsed clean and any materials contaminated with food cannot be recycled.

For more information, you can visit the City of Turlock or Turlock Scavenger websites, or call the Municipal Services Department at 209-668-5590.
 

Comments 7

  1. Mary Howell says:

    We are to rinse out everything with water that is running out? You have increased water rates, we are in a drought and we are to rinse cans out before we recycle them in the blue bin? Who is in charge of this madness?

  2. Serenity says:

    As a Turlocker, I want to ask the garbage man to stop dumping garbage on the street then driving it off and leaving it there. I have to watch them every Friday because they dump garbage then leave some leftovers on the ground.

    A good example is when then hit my tree limb, which made the tree fall down, then made me clean up the mess. If you are a garbage man it would make sense to pick up the garbage and not make the residents pay for their sloppy work. Then they have the nerve to give me an attitude when I asked them to clean it up.

  3. Frankie Azevedo says:

    I havI haI have always been able to fit my weekly trash in the black can even when there were five people at home.
    1) As you prep your food put all the veggie and fruit peelings, skins, overripe and bruised sections that you are not going to eat in a large bowl or a saucepan. That goes in the green can as you’re cleaning up.
    2) Depending on your house set-up, keep a sturdy box in the garage next to your kitchen door, or a plastic bag hanging from a kitchen drawer, or your blue can next to the side door. Place your cardboard rolls from paper towels and toilet paper as you empty them. Same thing with packaging from soap, toothpaste, razors, medications and cosmetics. If you have kids, it can be their job to take it from the kitchen or garage out to the blue can.
    4) Your boxes of mac and cheese, instant mashed potatoes, frozen sandwiches, hot chocolate and cereal? – Blue can
    3) You are dumping all your junk mail that doesn’t need to be shredded into the blue can, right? As you pay your bills, add the flyers and outside envelope to the blue can pile.
    ve always been able to fit my weekly trash in the black can even when there were five people at home.
    1) As you prep your food put all the veggie and fruit peelings, skins, overripe and bruised sections that you are not going to eat in a large bowl or a saucepan. That goes in the green can as you’re cleaning up.
    2) Depending on your house set-up, keep a sturdy box in the garage next to your kitchen door, or a plastic bag hanging from a kitchen drawer, or your blue can next to the side door. Place your cardboard rolls from paper towels and toilet paper as you empty them. Same thing with packaging from soap, toothpaste, razors, medications and cosmetics. If you have kids, it can be their job to take it from the kitchen or garage out to the blue can.
    4) Your boxes of mac and cheese, instant mashed potatoes, frozen sandwiches, hot chocolate and cereal? – Blue can
    3) You are dumping all your junk mail that doesn’t need to be shredded into the blue can, right? As you pay your bills, add the flyers and outside envelope to the blue can pile.
    e always been able to fit my weekly trash in the black can even when there were five people at home.
    1) As you prep your food put all the veggie and fruit peelings, skins, overripe and bruised sections that you are not going to eat in a large bowl or a saucepan. That goes in the green can as you’re cleaning up.
    2) Depending on your house set-up, keep a sturdy box in the garage next to your kitchen door, or a plastic bag hanging from a kitchen drawer, or your blue can next to the side door. Place your cardboard rolls from paper towels and toilet paper as you empty them. Same thing with packaging from soap, toothpaste, razors, medications and cosmetics. If you have kids, it can be their job to take it from the kitchen or garage out to the blue can.
    4) Your boxes of mac and cheese, instant mashed potatoes, frozen sandwiches, hot chocolate and cereal? – Blue can
    3) You are dumping all your junk mail that doesn’t need to be shredded into the blue can, right? As you pay your bills, add the flyers and outside envelope to the blue can pile.

  4. adam says:

    This is literally garbage you are contaminating the landfill because you didn’t rinse out your mayonnaise jar as though garbage company charges us and wants us to do there job for them and the city is saying cut back on water usage well how much water do you think would be wasted if every household in turlock washed there garbage before throwing it away

  5. Ike says:

    It bugs me when turlock scavenger employees knock over the garbage cans at my home and don’t pick them up. It also bugs me that they don’t close the dumpster door after they open it when they pick trash at my business.

  6. What bugs me...lack of brain power used in these comments says:

    Once again, the collective brain from many of those commenting on this website is so low. Garbage payers are sent information about how to recycle, I believe it was sent with your bill recently. The city encourages residents to recycle. You should be filling up half of your black barrel and most of your blue! Thankfully, there are some educated people offering great tips. Maybe you should get off of this one and review the city’s website!

  7. Me says:

    The problem is that it is subject to the drivers as to what is accepted and what is not. If i put 4 empty plastic bottles of pool chlorine in the reject and tag my can. So i’m not sure what is good and bad.

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