City of Woodland teams up to increase recycling options
The City of Woodland, California, the American Chemistry
Council (ACC), Keep California Beautiful (KCB), PG&E
and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation have unveiled a new
program that gives Woodland residents and businesses
more access to “away-from-home” recycling opportunities,
to help keep plastics and other products out of the waste
stream and in recycling bins.
A total of 24 bins will be installed at the Woodland
Community & Senior Center, Ferns Park and other locations
throughout the city, to help protect the state’s environment
for future generations.
Woodland is the latest community to join in an effort
that began in 2008 when representatives from the California
Department of Parks and Recreation, ACC and KCB launched
a beach recycling program at state park sites in the
Los Angeles and Central Coast areas. The program soon
spread to state park beaches in San Diego, Monterey,
Santa Cruz, and the City of Brentwood.
The recycling of plastics in California, particularly
in away-from-home settings, can help reduce litter and
marine debris. As a result, program participants welcome
opportunities to work with cities like Woodland to deliver
additional recycling bins and educational displays, reminding
people that plastics are too valuable to waste and should
Since its inception, the “Plastics. Too Valuable to Waste.
Recycle.” campaign has found success in a variety of
“Our combined efforts have led to the placement of more
than 500 permanent and seasonal recycling bins on dozens
of state park beaches along California’s coastline,”
said Christine Flowers-Ewing, director of Keep California
“In times like these, such public-private partnerships
can sometimes be the only way to provide important services,”
More than 80 percent of United States households have
access to a recycling program, be it curbside collection
or community drop-off centers. While there are approximately
2,100 certified recycling centers in California, too
many people still see plastics as trash instead of valuable
materials that should be recycled.