Separationg recyclables makes a big difference |

Separationg recyclables makes a big difference

Andy Bourelle

Just because there is no curbside recycling doesn’t mean South Shore’s refuse company isn’t appreciative when residents separate their garbage.

Inside South Tahoe Refuse’s Materials Recovery Facility, workers go through trash and see to it that recyclable stuff doesn’t go to a landfill. However, they can’t catch everything.

Jeanne Lear, recycling programs officer of South Tahoe Refuse, said it would make a significant difference if people separated their trash, leaving all the different bags at the curb on pickup day. Even putting recyclables – bottles, cans, cardboard and other stuff – into one bag and trash into another would help.

In fact, South Tahoe Refuse – a private company serving South Lake Tahoe, Stateline and Meyers – hopes to embark on a public-education campaign later this year to inform people about how they can help.

“I think it would help a lot if more people did this,” Lear said. “It’s one more efficiency.”

In 1999 South Tahoe Refuse recycled about 30 percent of its garbage, which is similar to the state average.

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