Reducing Waste and Buying Green


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Recycling Division
Customer Service

50 Natoma St
Folsom, CA  95630
Phone: 916-461-6730

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Welcome to the City of Folsom guide to reducing waste and buying green! Waste reduction and green purchasing conserve natural resources and reduce air pollution. The recommendations below encourage environmental friendly choices in your home and workplace.






Reducing Your Waste

Folsom residents can reduce the amount of waste they generate by contacting the Direct Marketing Association and requesting their name and address be removed from specific mailing lists. Residents may also call the City's recycling office 916-461-6730 to obtain information about in-home waste reduction practices.

Reusing Your Waste

Residents and businesses can donate reusable household items and clothing to thrift stores. Reusable packaging material is accepted for reuse at some private mailing businesses. A list of local businesses accepting donations can be found on our Recycling Drop Off Locations Web page.

Buying Green

The City of Folsom has adopted an internal policy to support the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferred products. Consider adopting a similar policy in workplace to minimize the impacts work efforts.

Consumer-based tips on buying environmentally preferred products

• The recycling loop isn't complete until materials collected at curbside and drop-off sites are remanufactured into new products and purchased by consumers.
• Look for the word "postconsumer" and/or the postconsumer logo when shopping. Postconsumer means the product is made from materials collected through recycling ours. While watching for this logo helps, not every product made from recycled content is labeled as such.
• You may be buying a recycled product without even knowing it. Many things you buy are made with recycled materials and do not 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

Check for postconsumer symbols on the labels of:

• Cereal, cookie and cracker packages
• Canned foods and beverages
• Detergent and cleaning supplies
• Glass containers
• Household paper products, such as paper towels and bathroom tissue
• Writing paper, note pads, greeting cards and other stationery supplies
• Carpeting
• Plastic flower pots, trash cans, recycling bins and fencing
• Packing boxes
• Re-refined motor oil
• Insulation in ski jackets
• Gloves and sleeping bags made from recycled PET bottles

Databases of Recycled Content Products

The California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery maintains a database of over 10,000 materials, products and businesses. It includes information on manufacturers, distributors, reprocessors, mills and converters who procure or produce these products and the recycled materials needed to make them. 

Conservatree provides 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.