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Truckee receives $5,000 recycling grant

Scott Hess

In an effort to improve the recycling efforts of California cities and counties, the California Department of Conservation has given grants to increase recycling programs throughout the state – and Truckee received $5,000.

The grant, given to the Town of Truckee during the California Resource Recovery Association conference in July, will be used for projects related to bottle and can recycling.

Janet Mitchell, the Town of Truckee Secretary to the Citizens Waste Management Advisory Board, said Truckee used its $5,000 to place recycling containers at Truckee Regional Park. Although the money only bought 10 containers, she said “it’s been working tremendously.”

She said her goal is to put a recycling container next to every trashcan at Regional Park, and hopefully put some at West End Beach at Donner Lake as well.

The money for more containers would come from additional grants from the state. Mitchell said additional grants would not be too difficult to obtain, based on the positive impact the cans have already had since they were installed in the spring.

“The Department of Conservation has money earmarked for these programs,” Mitchell said. “Once you report on what you did and how it worked, they will usually give you a grant the next year.”

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According to the Department of Conservation, the money for the grants is coming from unclaimed refunds of the CRV (California Refund Value) fund, which means it does not cost the state anything.

Ed Wilson, communications director for the Department of Conservation public affairs office, said it had approximately 75 cities and counties apply for grants at the conference, and the cities and counties “are very pleased the state is helping with recycling interests,” he said.

Three simple Department of Conservation suggestions to improve recycling include: installation of recycling bins in public areas, expanded curbside recycling programs and purchase of recycled materials.

According to the Department of Conservation, of the 18 billion CRV containers sold in the United States, approximately 10.6 billion were recycled – which leaves a difference of approximately 7.5 billion bottles and cans not recycled that could mean $187 million in CRV.

For more information on the Department of Conservation, visit http://www.conservation.ca.gov.