Recyclopedia aims to lighten landfill
- By Eric Kulisch
- Dec 03, 2000
To spare items that normally might make their way into the local landfill,
a California city is playing waste matchmaker.
In early August, Palo Alto launched an online resource, dubbed the Recyclopedia,
to help residents and businesses match unwanted items with organizations
interested in reusing or recycling them.
on the Public Works Department's Web site, makes information more accessible.
Previously, such matchmaking was done over the telephone, said Annette Puskarich,
a recycling coordinator. Phone counselors directed callers by referring
to information contained in a manual developed by San Jose State University
students at the Center for Development of Recycling.
Now, with the tables and categories presented in the Recyclopedia, residents
will discover that:
* Whole House Building Supply takes bathtubs and other construction
materials for low-income housing projects.
* The Regional Water Quality Control Plant offers $5 coupons toward
mercury-free thermometers in exchange for ones that contain mercury.
* The St. Jude's Ranch for Children is interested in the front panel
of greeting cards for resale.
The table lists mostly household items, but some business items, such
as printer toner cartridges, are also included.