California is a pioneer in environmental conservation efforts. Ever since AB 939 was enacted in 1989, cities and counties throughout the state have been working to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. This is done primarily in three ways, using the three “Rs”:
REDUCE means to lessen the amount of waste created in the first place. Recycling paper is good, for instance, but it’s even better not to generate it at all. Download this brochure to learn how to reduce junk mail (Junk Mail). Don’t purchase what is not needed. Don’t purchase items with a lot of packaging. Buy in bulk, for instance, when possible rather than buying several small packages. This saves money as well as waste packaging.
REUSE means don’t throw it away after you are through with it. Someone else may be able to use it. Clothes, furniture and small appliances can be sold at garage sales or donated to thrift stores or charities for distribution. Even broken items can be repaired in vocational training classes and reused. Check with local schools, charities, churches and thrift stores to see if they can use your discards.
RECYCLE items that truly are at the end of their life. Beverage containers are particularly targeted for recycling in California. Either throw them in the blue recycling bin at the curb or take them to a buy-back center to receive back the California Redemption Value (CRV). Scrap metal, glass and paper products are all recyclable. Rigid plastics that retain their shape (as opposed to film plastic or plastic bags) can also be recycled in the blue curbside bin. Take the time to sort correctly between trash and recyclables; it truly makes a difference.
Trash disposal and recycling services are both provided by AVCO Disposal, Inc., a Burrtec company. Call AVCO at 245-8607 with questions about your day of service, to change service levels, a billing address or telephone information, to report a missed pickup, or to request bulky item service. AVCO is the Town’s partner in many waste reduction activities.
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To check current rates for service or for more information about recycling in Apple Valley, download one of the following brochures:
NOTE: Following legal holidays, disposal collection will be one day later. The legal holidays are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. When observance of a holiday falls on a weekday prior to the scheduled pickup, actual pickup will occur one day later.
Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling JPA
The Town of Apple Valley is part of the Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Joint Powers Authority, or “JPA,” for short. Other members of the JPA are Victorville, Barstow, Needles, City of Big Bear, Town of Yucca Valley, 29 Palms, Adelanto and San Bernardino County. Visit the JPA’s website here! Working together, the cities are able to address waste and recycling issues on a regional basis. The JPA has created newsletters, informational brochures, conducted training workshops, television and radio ads and print ads to improve awareness of environmental issues.
The JPA Board is made up of an elected official from each of the member agencies and meets quarterly or as needed. The JPA Technical Advisory Committee, made up of staff members from all member cities and the county, meets monthly to discuss local matters of concern, pending legislation and proposed programs.