Berkeleysider Randolph Kielich writes in with what should be a simple question: “We are trying to recycle or return all of our alkaline batteries and not throw them in the garbage. Where do we go?” State law, not incidentally, requires safe disposal of batteries. Throwing them in the trash is against the law.
Martin Bourque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center, which has the contract for residential manages all recycling in Berkeley, sends in this report on the impact of the new split recycling carts which most city residents should now have received. He also addresses many of our readers’ questions and comments. (See the varied views on this issue with Berkeleyside’s previous coverage.)
A new era in recycling has begun in Berkeley with the introduction of light blue, split carts which carry paper waste in one side and bottles and cans in the other.
Following the reports that Berkeley’s success in recycling led to unexpected deficits, Martin Bourque, executive director of the Ecology Center, responded to Berkeleyside. The Ecology Center is a non-profit organization that runs Berkeley’s recycling program, as well as farmers markets and other programs.
We wrote yesterday about the financial dilemma that Berkeley’s success with recycling is creating. More recycling by Berkeley residents combined with a decrease in construction projects (and their associated waste), have led to a $4 million budget shortfall. Not good.