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Recycling Facilities and Hazardous Waste Disposal

Join in helping to keep our community clean, while conserving valuable resources, energy, and money. Throughout Yreka and Siskiyou County, there are multiple facilities for recycling everything from packaging and paper waste (aluminum cans, glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, etc.) to used oil, oil filters, u-waste, and e-waste.

Facts

  • A recycled aluminum can takes 95% less energy to make than a new one. Recyling just ONE can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.
  • A glass bottle will stay in the landfill for one million years, before it will completely degrade.
  • One extra large t-shirt can be made from five recycled plastic soda bottles.
  • Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100 kilowatts of electricity, and keeps 60 pounds of pollutants out of the air.

Other Information

Used Oil and Oil Filters

Four of the below listed facilities (in the table below) recycle both used oil and oil filters.  These materials are also accepted at The Oil Stop (1256 S. Main Street, Yreka, 530-842-2460), Shuck's Auto Supply (1904 Ft. Jones Road, Yreka 530-842-6080), and YAC Service and Wash (1270 S. Main Street, Yreka, 530-842-5747).

View the Recycle Used Oil Brochure (PDF, 216k)

Facts

  • Recyling one ton (2,000 pounds) of oil filters recovers 1,700 pounds of steel.
  • Each year 40 million people in the United States reuse or recycle their used motor oil.
  • It only takes a quart of used oil to contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.

Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste (U-Waste)

U-waste is the name used to describe items containing hazardous materials that cannot be disposed of in household garbage due to the danger it may cause your garbage handler as well as the possibilities of water supply contamination.

Items Banned from the Trash:
(Note:  All of the below items have been banned from household and business garbage, and most can be recycled at one of our area's local facilities.)

  1. Lights, batteries, and electronics (fluorescent lamps and tubes, all batteries, electronic devices)
  2. Mercury containing devices
    1. Electrical switches and relays
    2. Thermostats that contain mercury
    3. Pilot light sensors
    4. Mercury gauges
    5. Mercury thermometers
    6. Mercury added novelties (greeting cards that play music, athletic shoes (made before 1997) with flashing lights in the soles and mercury maze games)
  3. Household and landscape chemicals
  4. Paints and solvents
  5. Some building materials (asbestos and treated wood)
  6. Automobile related (antifreeze, batteries, motor oil, oil filters and tires)
  7. Other
    1. Compressed gas cylinders
    2. Needles and sharps generated in home healthcare
    3. PCB-containing materials (includes paints and ballasts that contain Polychlorinated Biphenyls)
    4. Photo waste (silver bearing)
    5. Non-empty aerosol cans that contain hazardous materials

 

View the complete list of Items Banned from CA Garbage

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

E-waste is the name used to describe electonic devices that have reached the end of their "useful life."  Such devices include: computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, monitors, etc.  Recycling these items and others like them can recover useful materials, such as various metals, from the waste-stream.  If left in a landfill, or dumped illegally, hazardous materials including lead and mercury can leach into and contaminate water supplies.

View more information on E-Waste Disposal in CA