Reducing Waste and Buying Green
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Reducing Your Waste
Folsom residents can reduce the amount of waste they generate by contacting the Direct Marketing Association and requesting their name be removed from national mailing lists. Requests can be submitted online for no charge or by mail for a small fee. The Direct Marketing Association maintains a file of names for people who do not wish to receive junk mail. The list is used by members for removing names from their mailing lists. Residents may also call the City's recycling office 355-8367 ext. # 4 to obtain information about in-home waste reduction practices.
Reusing Your Waste
Residents and businesses can take their reusable items to the Goodwill Industries thrift store at 390 Plaza Drive or the Snowline Hospice Thrift Store located at 616 E. Bidwell St. Donations are only accepted at both locations during normal business hours.
The City of Folsom has adopted an internal policy to support the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferred products in order to minimize the impacts of the City's work efforts. Please click on the link below to view the entire recycled product purchasing policy.
Consumer-based tips on buying environmentally preferred products
Look for the postconsumer symbol when shopping
- The recycling loop isn't complete until the materials collected at curbside and drop-off sites are remanufactured into new products and purchased by consumers.
- Look for this symbol and the words "postconsumer" when shopping. Postconsumer means the product is made from materials collected through recycling programs...like ours. While watching for this logo helps, not every product made from recycled content is labeled with this symbol.
- In fact, you may be buying a recycled product without even knowing it. Many things you buy are made with recycled materials and do not always advertise it. For example, in California, the average aluminum container is made up of 55% recycled aluminum, the average glass bottle is made of 30% recycled glass, and the average steel can is made of 25% recycled steel.
Examples of products made with recycled content:
At the grocery store
Check for postconsumer symbols on the labels of:
Cereal, cookie and cracker packages
Canned foods and beverages
Detergent and cleaning
Household paper products, such as
paper towels and bathroom tissue
Writing paper, note pads,
greeting cards and other stationery supplies
Plastic flower pots, trash cans,
recycling bins and fencing
Re-refined motor oil
Insulation in ski jackets
Gloves and sleeping bags made from recycled PET bottles
Databases of recycled content products:
Recycled-Content Products: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/
Searches over 10,000 materials, products and businesses. Includes information on the manufacturers, distributors, reprocessors, mills and converters who procure or produce these products and the recycled materials needed to make them. This site is maintained by the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
Helpful information about totally chlorine-free, tree-free, and recycled content papers.
Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship
Product Stewardship is the act of minimizing health, safety, environmental and social impacts, and maximizing economic benefits of a product and its packaging throughout all lifecycle stages. The producer of the product has the greatest ability to minimize adverse impacts but other stakeholders such as suppliers, retailers, and consumers also play a role. Stewardship can be either voluntary or required by law.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a mandatory type of product stewardship that includes at a minimum, the requirement that the producer’s responsibility for their product extends to post-consumer management of that product and its packaging. There are two related features of EPR policy: (1) shifting financial and management responsibility with government oversight, upstream to the producer and away from the public sector; and (2) providing incentives to producers to incorporate environmental considerations into the design of their products and packaging.
Click on the link below to the Product Stewardship Institute and learn more about Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship.
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