Facts on the WPWMA’s $120 million State-of-the-Art Facility Improvements

Shovels and hard hats are lined up and on display at the groundbreaking ceremony

The total cost of the facility improvements will be $120 million.   Minimum recovery rates for municipal solid waste (general commercial and residential garbage) will be increased from 22% to 60%.   Minimum recovery rates for construction and demolition material will be increased from 50% to 65%.   The new high-diversion Materials Recovery Facility includes state-of-the-art technology that has been designed to achieve compliance with SB 1383 and recover […]

Earth Month: Small Changes for Big Impact

Most environmental concerns are earth sized problems, but if we all make small changes, eventually they’ll have a big impact on the environment. As Placer Recycles celebrates Earth Month, we’re sharing some easy things you can do locally to keep our earth healthy and thriving. Five tips for keeping our earth clean and green 1. […]


Sculptures of creatures made out of repurposed items

What percent of mattress material can be recycled into other products?   More than 75%! Join our effort to divert valuable resources from local landfills and help build a greener community!   For all the latest tips, tricks and rules on disposing of waste properly in Western Placer County, follow us on social media:   […]

What on Earth is the MRF?

Wide view of a sorting facility.

The world of waste and recycling has its own key terminology and acronyms, but our favorite is the MRF (pronounced MURF) which stands for Materials Recovery Facility, a key component of Placer Recycles. The MRF receives, separates and prepares materials to be sold for recycling using a combination of equipment and manual labor.   The […]

iRecycle eWaste

A bin dedicated to eWaste

As electronic technology continues to grow, so does the need to recycle eWaste properly. eWaste is short for electronic waste that is broken or no longer wanted. Chances are that you have eWaste lying somewhere around your house tucked away in a closet or hidden in a junk drawer. Examples of eWaste include cell phones, […]

Get to Know Organics Recycling 

composting organic food

Starting in 2022, many cities across California will be rolling out new organic waste recycling programs under SB 1383 (Lara, 2016). Although this may sound brand new to you, organic waste consists of everyday items you are already familiar with. Organic waste includes everyday items like food scraps, lawn and leaf clippings, and soiled paper […]

Clear Away the FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease)

Plastic bottles filled with FOG on a counter

Do not let FOG (fats, oils and grease) dampen your bright days or drains! FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease. We all produce FOG when we cook with meats, oil, butter or margarine, lard, sauces, and dairy products. You might already know that pouring FOGs down your sink will lead to major plumbing issues, […]

Stay Sharp on Medical Waste Disposal

A woman holds a sharps container

Pokes and pricks from used sharps are scarier than any Halloween movie!  Stay sharp this season and fall into the habit of always disposing of sharps and medications the right way. “Sharps” is the term used for hypodermic needles, pen needles, lancets, and other home-use devices used to penetrate the skin for medication delivery. Medications […]

Kids Love Recycling!

Sculptures of creatures made out of repurposed items

It is August and that means back to school for our Placer County kiddos. Time for early mornings with packed lunches, backpacks filled with completed homework and “see you this afternoon” forehead kisses.      While teachers educate our kids about math, English, science and history, it is our duty as parents, community members and loved […]