Trees must be cut up and put in green plant debris carts or taken whole to the city’s transfer station.
Consumers should reduce and reuse — before recycling. Also, avoid “wish-cycling” low-quality items in hopes they’ll be processed abroad.
The city is shaping a vision for a new waste management facility at its current site at Second and Gilman streets. There are currently three proposals on the table.
Recycling entire trees can damage the city’s collection trucks, and the new policy requiring they be cut up and put in the compost bin is an attempt to avoid sidelining the broken trucks for weeks.
Berkeley is holding two public meetings this week to get input on creating a new transfer station for recycling, trash, compost and other salvageable materials.
At a community event in Berkeley, volunteer fixers revive the practice of repairing rather than discarding — and share a little know-how along the way.
“There are many opportunities that have opened up for me,” said Daniel Maher, who lost his legal status when he was convicted of crimes in the 1990s.
Daniel Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer are getting ready to retire but hope that their employees can buy the business.