Recycling of aluminum, plastic, and glass beverage containers is a small effort with a big environmental impact. In California there are about 4 billion beverage containers not recycled each year. This means that over 10 million recyclable beverage containers end up in our landfills and oceans every single day. From there, they can harm the environment and wildlife. Many beverage containers take a long time to degrade naturally and have a lasting negative environmental impact.
As part of an ongoing statewide effort to maximize beverage container recycling by consumers, the state Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling has awarded a grant to the City of La Verne. To help encourage recycling the City of La Verne has initiated an aggressive public outreach and education program. La Verne residents can recycle through the city curbside program or if enjoying a nice day in one of La Verne’s premiere parks, they will often find recycling containers nearby.
Recycling of these products reduces the cost of land use for landfills, helps protect wildlife, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 263,000 households per year. Containers which are recycled can be repurposed into different uses in addition to the environmental benefits. The City purchases various kinds of equipment made from recycled plastic to help the environment and to complete the loop of recyclable products. The following are examples of equipment made from recycled products bought by the City of La Verne through the Beverage Container Recycling Grant:
There are 18 picnic tables made from recycled materials located at various Parks throughout the city. These tables replace wood tables cutting down on splinters and maintenance. The new tables are a popular addition to the park for their attractive appearance and comfortable structure.
Cribbing (Plastic Beams)
The City of La Verne Fire Department uses cribbing, which are plastic beams, to support unstable structures during rescues. The recycled product helps to keep people from further injury and to save lives. The plastic can also be sterilized and reused whereas the old wood beams had to be disposed.
Instead of concrete wheel stops La Verne has numerous plastic wheel stops located in parking lots. The plastic stops work just as well as concrete ones and help to utilize environmentally friendly practices.