San Lorenzo Valley Women's Club sponsored recycling centers are being forced to close as soon as June 2019, as funding from Santa Cruz County comes to an end.
Apparently all of our recycling used to be shipped to China, who is no longer buying our plastics. As an environmenally - oriented state, I'm amazed California hasn't figured out how to recycle economically yet!
The County may put out a request for proposals to keep these centers open. If you are concerned, please contact our Supervisor Bruce McPherson as follows:
- 701 Ocean Street, Room 500, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
- (831) 454-2200 (phone)
- (831) 454-3262 (FAX)
You can also call the County Department of Public Works at 831.454-2160.
My first thought was, what about all the kids who are learning how to care for the planet through reusing and recycling? Kids can make a bit of money by saving up aluminum cans and glass and bringing them to the centers. What about the homeless who ride their bikes around, collecting recyclables to cash in? What about people who need to redeem the deposit they've been forced to pay to use cans, glass and plastics? Having talked to one of the operators, now I'm concerned that several loyal hard working employees are going to be out of jobs as well.
Here's what my Aunt Alice used to do: she'd pick up tossed beer cans found along her walks, save them up all the summer, turn them in and buy daffodills to plant in the fall for their cheerful, returning spring blossoms.
RIP Aunt Alice - I miss you!
Greenwaste, our trash collection service, will continue to offer recycling collection cans, and you can still recycle at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station; you just won't get money back.