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Residential pickups: Thursday moved to Friday; Friday moved to Saturday

Berkeley, California (Friday, November 17, 2017) - Plan for a Thanksgiving that reduces what goes into the landfill: use what can be re-used while planning to sort out your recyclables and compost.

Cutting back on waste at the end of the year not only helps you and Berkeley be more sustainable, it helps stem a national trend toward greater waste during the holidays.

Household waste nationally increases by about 2 billion pounds - or 25 percent - between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For residents with waste and recycling pickups on Thursday, put out your bins on Friday November 24th. Those with regular pickups on Friday should place carts curbside by 7am on Saturday.

Collection may occur later in the day than usual. Please report any missed pickups on Monday, November 27th by dialing 311 (inside City of Berkeley) or 510-981-7270.

Businesses who have Thursday collection will also have regular pickup on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 23, when bins should be placed curbside.

Reducing landfill waste is a critical step toward a more sustainable community. It can be achieved in simple steps. 

Thanksgiving food scraps make great compost! Reduce waste sent to the landfill by placing your food scraps and food-soiled paper in your green compost cart. 

Follow these tips to properly dispose of common Thanksgiving leftovers:

Place the following items in your green compost cart:

  • Turkey Carcass - All meat bones, fish bones and shellfish shells.
  • Stuffing, Veggies & Pie - All food scraps from food prep or plate scrapings.
  • Coffee Grounds & Filters - All coffee grounds, paper filters, and tea bags.
  • Paper Napkins, Paper Towels & Paper Tablecloths - All food-soiled paper products should be placed into the compost cart
  • Wine Corks - If the cork is natural, place it in the compost cart. Plastic or synthetic corks must be placed in the trash.
  • Small Amounts of Fats, Oil & Grease - For small amounts, let it cool, then wipe with a paper towel and place the paper towel in the compost cart.
  • Large Amounts of Oil or Grease -  take it to an oil and grease drop-off location near you. Visit recyclewhere.org to find the nearest drop-off location.

Place the following items in your blue recycle cart:

  • Aluminum Pie & Baking Trays - Rinse or wipe your tray clean before recycling.
  • Whipped Cream Containers - Empty aerosol cans and clean plastic tubs.
  • Steel Cans & Aluminum Foil - Ball up your foil before tossing it in the recycling.
  • Plastic Containers - Rinse all plastic containers before placing them in the recycle bin. All clean, dry, rigid plastic containers are accepted.

You can also plan for a holiday without buying items you may not need. Here are some tips :

  • Go Reusable - Use washable utensils, plates, glasses, napkins, placemats, and tablecloths.
  • Decorate With Nature - Beautiful accents and centerpieces can be made from plant material, such as pine cones, squash, pomegranates, flowers, succulents, twigs, leaves, and acorns. 
  • Practice Creative Reuse - Use items you already own. DIY decorations can be a fun project for the whole family.
  • Compost & Recycle Bins - Set up clearly labeled recycle and compost bins for your guests. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to teach your family and friends how to recycle and compost properly.
  • Reusable Containers - Send leftover food home with guests in reusable containers.
  • Repurpose Leftovers - Plan to repurpose leftovers (turkey carcass, bones, vegetable scraps) for soup stock.

We hope you have a good holiday - and we hope you take some steps to reduce landfill waste.


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