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:
- Oil filters
- Packaging and paper waste:
- Aluminum cans
- Plastics, etc.
- Used oil
- Recycled aluminum can take 95% less energy to make than a new one. Recycling just one can save 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.
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 items have been banned from household and business garbage, and most can be recycled at one of our area's local facilities.)
- Automobile related:
- Motor Oil
- Oil Filters
- Household and landscape chemicals
- Lights, batteries, and electronics (fluorescent lamps and tubes, all batteries, electronic devices)
- Mercury-containing devices:
- Electrical switches and relays
- Mercury added novelties (greeting cards that play music, athletic shoes (made before 1997) with flashing lights in the soles and mercury maze games)
- Mercury gauges
- Mercury thermometers
- Pilot light sensors
- Thermostats that contain mercury
- Paints and solvents
- Some building materials (asbestos and treated wood)
- Compressed gas cylinders
- Needles and sharps generated in-home healthcare
- Non-empty aerosol cans that contain hazardous materials
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB)-containing materials (includes paints and ballasts that contain PCB)
- Photo waste (silver-bearing)
View the complete list of Items Banned from California Garbage.
E-waste is the name used to describe electronic devices that have reached the end of their
useful life. Such devices include:
- Fax Machines
- VCRs, 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 California.
Four of the listed facilities (in the table (JPG)) recycle both used oil and oil filters. These materials are also accepted at:
- The Oil Stop
1256 S Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
- Shuck's Auto Supply
1904 Ft. Jones Road
Yreka, CA 96097
- YAC Service and Wash
1270 S Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
View the Recycle Used Oil Brochure (PDF).
- Recycling 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.