RECYCLING GIVES WASTE NEW PURPOSE.Byline: Sherry Joe Crosby Daily News Staff Writer
The next time you drive down Valencia Boulevard, take a close look at the road - it's made of recycled tires. And that egg carton An egg carton is a container designed for carrying and transporting eggs. These cartons have a dimpled form in which each dimple accommodates an individual egg and isolates that egg from eggs in adjacent dimples. at the grocery store? It's made of recycled junk mail See spam and junk faxes. .
Thanks to the city's recycling efforts, milk jugs, tires and advertising circulars are enjoying new uses while helping turn recyclables into a multimillion-dollar industry.
``This is the big-picture way of making sure recyclables are used all the way around,'' said Lynn Harris, deputy city manager for the Public Works Department Many governments worldwide have had departments or ministries referred to as the Public Works Department either formally or informally.
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In October, the city will launch its long-awaited yard trimmings program that will provide gardening mulch mulch, any material, usually organic, that is spread on the ground to protect the soil and the roots of plants from the effects of soil crusting, erosion, or freezing; it is also used to retard the growth of weeds. for neighborhood parks Neighborhood parks, which generally range in size up to 30 acres, serve as a social and recreational focal points for neighborhoods and are the basic units of a park system. Many include a playground. and trees. It also plans to offer low-interest loans and tax breaks under a state program to companies that use recyclables as raw materials.
Under state law, the city must divert 50 percent of its waste from landfills by the year 2000. So far, the city is diverting 34.5 percent of its trash from landfills each year.
To meet the statewide goal, the city uses asphalt containing recycled tires to repave streets such as Valencia Boulevard, Soledad Canyon Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. Soledad Canyon contains the localities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce. Road and McBean Parkway.
The tires, which make up 18 percent of the asphalt, are taken to a rubber factory where they're frozen and cut up into small pieces. City officials said the tire blend makes for a smoother, quieter road and is competitive with traditional asphalt.
``It'll bend instead of crack and it's also quieter for motorists and for people on the street,'' said Dennis Mak Dennis Mak (麥子豪 born on May 7, 1987 in Hong Kong) is a vocalist of the Hong Kong Cantopop trio Sun Boy'z. He is a top 5 finalist of the 23rd Annual New Talent Singing Awards in 2004 (also known as EEG Singing Contest). , an assistant city engineer. ``We try to make an effort to use recycled tires.''
The city also recycles Christmas trees Christmas tree
Evergreen tree, usually decorated with lights and ornaments, to celebrate the Christmas season. The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands as symbols of eternal life was common among the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. , newspapers, plastics and glass as well as junk mail, milk cartons, juice boxes and mixed paper including checkbooks, fax paper and file folders.
The materials are used in a variety of ways. Christmas trees become mulch for community trees and parks and is given away free to the public each Arbor Day. Junk mail becomes toilet paper, paper towels and egg cartons.
By using recycled products, ``we create more raw materials for those markets,'' Harris said, citing the motto ``reduce, reuse, recycle.''
With the introduction of the yard trimmings program next month, the city expects to divert an additional 10 percent of waste from landfills and will add a compost program at Canyon Country Park, where grass and tree branch clippings will be converted into mulch. The city eventually hopes to expand the program, which is expected to save $8,000 per year in disposal fees.
``We will recycle and reuse every bit of open space,'' Harris promised.
The city also plans to expand the market for recyclables by implementing a recycling market development zone, one of 44 areas statewide which offer low-interest loans and tax breaks to businesses that recycle waste.
The state has earmarked $40 million for the zones, which encompass commercial strips and businesses in the industrial parks in Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, .