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Recycling and Solid Waste

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

The City of Tracy encourages its residents to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The 3-R ideology, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (3Rs), is the national standard for waste diversion campaigns.

Waste diversion not only improves the quality of our environment, but it's the law.  State Assembly Bill (AB) 341, Section 10 §41780.02 states that the State's policy goal is to have no less than 75% of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by 2020, and annually thereafter.

The 3R ideology is a great way to supplement our diversion efforts. How does the ideology work?

First, Reduce. Reducing or source reduction means purchasing durable, long-lasting goods, and seeking products and packaging that can be used again and again. Buying products in bulk typically has less packaging or packaging that is reusable, and usually provides a cost savings. Therefore, both you and the environment benefit.

Second, Reuse. Reusing is the act of using a product multiple times, donating, or selling your used items. This method is better than recycling because it eliminates the need for reprocessing. There are several ways residents can reuse. Using coffee mugs rather than disposable cups, using refillable bottles, reusing boxes, turning empty jars into containers, and purchasing refillable pencils or pens are some suggestions.  Donating items is another effective way to reuse.  Items such as used clothes, books, or household items that will benefit another person.  Another way to reuse is to sell your items.  As the saying goes, "One person's trash is another person's treasure."

The last of the 3Rs ideology is one that most people are most familiar with: Recycle. Recycling turns materials that would become waste into valuable resources. Materials like glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected, separated, and sent to facilities that can process them into new products. For example, a glass bottle can be recycled into marbles or a surfboard. A plastic sport drink bottle can become part of a ski jacket or, better yet, a park bench. The possibilities are endless!

Help the City of Tracy conserve resources for our children's future. Before cleaning up your home and garden, remember — Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

The Tracy Material Recovery Facility (MRF) receives and processes the solid waste, recyclables, green waste, food waste, and wood generated by the City of Tracy, the community of Mountain House, and the surrounding portions of San Joaquin County. During the hours of operation, the MRF is available for residents and businesses to drop off extra waste and recyclables.  Several items can be disposed of there at no charge, such as cooking oil, sharps, mattresses (some restrictions apply), and other items. To visit the Tracy MRF website for a list of items accepted and the cost, if any, to dispose of those items, click here.

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