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Posted: 03/13/17

What Really Gets Made Out of My Recycled Plastic?

With less than 10% being recycled, plastic is one of the most under-recycled products in the United States. Until 2012, all plastic bottles in the U.S. were sent to China for recycling. Most of us are aware of the plastic debris floating in the Pacific Ocean and that we should recycle as much plastic as possible.

However, helping the environment is not the only reason to recycle all of your plastics. There are some really cool things that can be made from your recycled plastic. Bic launched a line of pens called Bottle to Pen or B2P. One bottle yields about 3 pens and the final product is made from at least 83% recycled bottles. Bic even made the pen clear with ridges to resemble a bottle.

Preserve, collects plastic bottle caps at Whole Foods markets through a program called Gimme 5. The caps are then used to make toothbrushes. These toothbrushes can be recycled at Gimme 5 drops to continue the cycle. If there isn't a drop near you, Preserve has a mail back program to help facilitate further recycling.

The biggest industry to benefit from plastic recycling seems to be the fashion industry. The San Francisco based footwear company, Rothy's, sells women's flats made from recycled PET plastics. They inspired Vivobarefoot, a UK based footwear company, to start making shoes with 50% PET bottles and 50% cotton. Each pair requires about 17 bottles during manufacturing. The U.S. based company, Hamilton Perkins, makes travel bags from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Each bag keeps about 15 bottles out of landfills.

Even Nike uses yarn made from recycled bottles to make the uniforms for the USA national soccer team. They report that, by using this thread in their professional and consumer products, more than 3 billion bottles have been rescued from the landfill. Perhaps the biggest item to hit the fashion world was the dress worn by Emma Watson to the 2016 Met Gala. The thread used to make her gown was made from recycled plastic bottles.

Now you know that plastic bottles aren't just washed out, relabeled, and filled up with some liquid for you to consume. There are actually some very innovative products that are being made from recycled products. So, whether you want to help save your environment or provide raw materials for new products, recycling plastic should be on your “must do” list. When you’re ready to recycle your household plastics, bring them to Alameda Metals at 37815 6th St. E Palmdale, CA. Or contact us at (661) 538-0299, online at www.AlamedaMetals.com.

Posted: 02/08/17

Recycling Laws

In the United States there’s no national law or mandate that forces people to recycle. Therefore, recycling regulation is left up to the individual states. As with any other state controlled initiative there are almost as many solutions as there are states. Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wisconsin have implemented plans where recyclable items are banned from landfills. Some cities have banned plastic bags all together. Here are some successful programs implemented across the country.

  • Seattle - Mandatory recycling is in effect for residential and commercial clients alike. Customers who throw away recyclables are charged a fine.
  • Minnesota - Stricter recycling laws established for businesses with special emphasis on sporting facilities.
  • Bottle Bill - CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, ME, MA, NY, OR, and VT have passed laws that establish deposits or refund values in order to encourage reuse and recycling of beverage containers. Most states charge 5 cents per bottle or can, while others impose a rate of 10 cents.
  • CalRecycle - CA established mandatory commercial recycling. Local government also has the responsibility of education, outreach, and monitoring for its jurisdiction.
  • Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse - At least 25 states belong to the ERCC which helps establish electronic recycling regulations. CA has established Ewaste fees that consumers pay when they purchase electronics.
  • Rhode Island and New Jersey - Pioneered early curbside recycling services giving local governments the authority to establish sorting centers. Most of the municipal recycling programs in existence today are based on these early efforts.
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act is the cornerstone of American federal solid waste and recycling legislation. Open dumps were abolished and the EPA was tasked to create guidelines for solid waste disposal and regulations for the management of hazardous waste. The only mention of recycling was to establish an increase in federal spending on products made with recycled material. If there were more federal regulations regarding recycling then all states would be on an equal playing field when it came to proper recycling techniques and practices. Instead there are charts like this.

    States with Highest % of Recycled Solid Waste

  • 1. Main
  • 2. Minnesota
  • 3. Arkansas and California (tied)
  • 4. New Hampshire
  • States with Lowest % of Recycled Solid Waste

  • 1. Arizona and Mississippi (tied)
  • 2. Alaska and Oklahoma (tied)
  • 3. Utah
  • 4. Louisiana

At Alameda Metals, we can handle all of your recycling needs. Give us a call at (661) 538-0299 or visit us online at www.AlamedaMetals.com.

Posted: 10-17-16

Items Not Accepted For Recycling

Have you decided to make a commitment to recycling? Do you have a load of items you’re ready to bring to our facility? Before you come and visit us, you should know that there are some items we don’t accept.

  • Trash – This needs to be disposed of at your local garbage dump.
  • Furniture – Unless it’s aluminum patio or lawn furniture. Also, we do not accept wood.
  • Tires – These require a special process, but we’ll be happy to accept your metal rims!
  • Window Glass – We’ll accept empty aluminum frames.
  • Batteries – These must be properly disposed of as they contain hazardous materials.
  • Electronics such as televisions, microwaves, computer keyboards, computer mouse, computer monitors – There are special community collection days offered with your local Waste Management for these items.
  • Wood and Wood Pellets – Contact your local lumber salvage yard.
  • Non CRV Plastic
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Your local waste disposal company, like Waste Management, can also help you properly dispose of these items. We will be more than happy to help you recycle your CRV bottles, newspaper, cardboard, appliances, aluminum, copper, brass, steel, and all other metals. Come and see us at our East Palmdale location, or give us a call at (661) 538-0299. You can also visit us at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 9-20-16

Be Hazard Smart – Know What You Should Never Throw In The Trash

If you’re thinking about cleaning out your garage, doing some home reorganization or “spring cleaning,” you need to be aware of products that you should never throw in your regular trash. The following items require special care when disposed of and include:

  • Automotive products, including antifreeze, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, car polish and wax.
  • All types of batteries, including automotive batteries.
  • Electronics, including TV, computers, laptops, cell phones, printers, fax machines, DVD / CD / MP3 players, and video game consoles.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL).
  • Household cleaners, including bleach, ammonia, drain cleaner, rust remover, tile/shower cleaner.
  • Products containing mercury, including thermometers, and thermostats.
  • Paint products, including oil-based paint, latex paint, spray paint, caulk, and wood stain.
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and insecticides.
  • All medical sharps, including needles and lancets.
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals.
  • Instead, you should contact you local waste disposal company to find a location to properly dispose of these hazardous products. There are also community events where you can take your electronic products for recycling. For residents served by Waste Management, the Palmdale facility accepts these items for free, on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

    Most importantly, you should NEVER dispose of any of these products down storm drains, or onto the ground. This not only causes harm to the environment and to you, it’s also illegal!

    At Alameda Metals, we’re ready to help with all of your regular recycling needs. Visit our East Palmdale location or give us a call at (661) 538-0299. You can also visit us online, at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 8-23-16

Scrapping Your Car

Do you have an old car sitting in your driveway that you want to get rid of? You might want to sell it for scrap metal and earn some money. But, before you haul that car down to the scrap yard there are a couple of things you need to know.

First, selling your car for scrap metal requires a little work on your part. You must remove the car’s gas tank and all fluids. If you can, have the car flushed out, to ensure all fluids are removed.

Second, California state law requires that you must obtain a Salvage Certificate or “junk slip” from the DMV before you can sell your car for scrap. According to the DMV there are specific requirements for obtaining the certificate and car owners are required to fill out the following forms:

  • An Application for Salvage Certificate or Non-repairable Vehicle Certificate (REG 488C) form, completed and signed by the owner of the vehicle.
  • Proof of ownership (the Certificate of Title from California or another state). When the California Certificate of Title is missing, a properly completed and endorsed Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title (REG 227) form, may be used as proof of ownership. The lien-holder's release, if any, must be notarized. If an out-of-state title is missing, a duplicate title must be obtained from the state that issued the title.
  • If proof of ownership cannot be provided and the vehicle value is $5,000 or more, a motor vehicle bond (Motor Vehicle Ownership Surety Bond (REG 5057) or Vehicle, Vessel or Off-Highway Vehicle Title Deposit Agreement and Assignment (REG 5059) form), or bond alternative for the vehicle value and proof of diligent effort are required. Contact DMV for more information.
  • When you’re ready to scrap your car, bring it to Alameda Metals in Palmdale. For more information give us a call at (661) 538-0299 or stop by our east Palmdale location. You can also visit us online, at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 8-11-16

When Do I Need a Certified Weight Certificate?

You may have recently tried to register your pickup or truck with the Department of Motor Vehicle and were told that you need a certified weight certificate. Maybe you’re wondering why this is necessary.

There are a few reasons why the state of California requires a certified weight certificate to register some pickups and trucks. First, trucks requiring a weight certification are generally commercial vehicles with an operating weight of 10,000 lbs. or less.

If you’re registering an out of state vehicle that will be registered as a commercial vehicle, a certified weight certificate is also required. This is not required if the truck or pickup was previously registered in California and the prior California registration indicates the unladen weight.

There are a couple of exceptions as well. Trucks are exempt from the weight certification when the truck or pickup weighs 6,000 lbs. or less when empty, or trucks with 2 or 3 axles weighing 10,001 lbs. or more. Also, a certificate is not needed for autos (unless registered as commercial vehicles), motorcycles, and trailers.

At Alameda Metals we can help you weigh your vehicle. Our public truck scales are serviced frequently, to ensure you the most accurate weight, and we’re state certified and have certified weight tickets accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Come and see us at our East Palmdale location, or give us a call at (661) 538-0299 for additional information. You can also visit us online, at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 7-29-16

Recycling Glass Is The Clear Choice!

Have you ever thought about how much glass we’re surrounded by daily? It’s in our windows, our car’s windshield, and our furniture. We drink out of it, cook with it, and we store our food in it. We also recycle it! We probably don’t think much about what happens to those glass bottles after we turn them in for our CRV refund either. These facts about what happens to recycled glass will help you clearly see the perks:

  • Glass is 100% recyclable and is the only product that can be endlessly recycled back to its original use.
  • Glass does not lose its quality or purity during the recycling process.
  • Glass is made from non-toxic materials – sand, soda ash, limestone, and recycled glass (also known as cullet).
  • It’s the only packaging material recognized by the FDA as “GRAS” or “generally recognized as safe” for food and beverage contact.
  • Glass does not affect the flavor of your food or beverage.
  • Approximately 80% of all recycled glass containers are made into new bottles. This process is quick and generally takes 30 days from the time you recycle it to the time it’s back on store shelves.
  • Recycled glass is good for the environment. Just one recycled bottle saves enough energy to light an 1100-watt light bulb for four hours.
  • Making recycled glass products from cullet uses 40% less energy than making brand new glass.
  • Recycled glass also has commercial use – including fiberglass, tile, fences, and landscaping materials.
  • Recycling glass can put some extra cash in your pocket!

The experts at Alameda Metals can help you recycle your empty glass containers. Visit our recycling center in East Palmdale, or give us a call at (661) 538-0299. You can also find us online at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 7-19-16

Recycling Beyond The Can: Aluminum Alloys 101

When you think of aluminum recycling, the first thing you probably think about are cans, but did you know that aluminum comes in other forms? Products made from aluminum, such as lawn furniture, gutters, metal blinds, car parts, and cookware are also recyclable. Aluminum is one of the most recyclable materials, in fact it’s a sustainable metal, is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled over and over again!

At Alameda Metals, we accept common household aluminum items, as well as everything from 1000 series to 7000 series alloys. But what exactly is an aluminum alloy? Simply put, an alloy is created by adding other elements, such as copper, iron, silicon, manganese, magnesium or zinc to pure molten aluminum. The result is a strong and durable metal.

  • 1000 series: The most commercially pure of the aluminum alloys; it’s 99% or higher in aluminum content. Includes items such as food packaging trays and is most commonly used in the power lines that connect our electric grids.
  • 2000 series: Copper is the predominant element in this alloy, making it stronger and tougher. Most commonly used in aircrafts
  • 3000 series: Small amounts of manganese and magnesium are found in this alloy. This is the most recognizable alloy as it is used for aluminum cans.
  • 4000 series: Silicon is added to lower the melting point. Found in welding wires and often used as a filler in structural and automotive manufacturing.
  • 5000 series: The addition of magnesium makes this one of the strongest and most widely used alloys. Commonly used in buildings and construction, also in tanks, and ships.
  • 6000 series: The combination of silicon and magnesium make this aluminum alloy the most corrosion resistant. Commonly used in automotive parts and production
  • 7000 series: The strongest of all the alloys, zinc as well as small amounts of magnesium, copper or chromium are combined to increase strength. This series is utilized throughout the aircraft industry.

    Choose Alameda Metals for all of your aluminum recycling. Visit our recycling center in East Palmdale, call (661) 538-0299, or visit us online at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 7-1-16

School's Out

School’s out, it’s summer vacation, and the kids need a summer activity. Why not start a family recycling project? Recycling can be a fun, educational, and a lucrative way for kids to stay busy. Here are a few ideas to get your project started:

  • Set up separate bins (made of recycled plastic, of course!) for glass bottles, plastic bottles, and cans. Have the kids decorate each recycling bin with pictures of what should go in each, and turn it into an art contest.
  • Let the kids take turns with sorting and create a reward system. Have them set goals for how many items they can recycle in a week, and make a sticker chart to keep track of their progress. The winner of the art contest can earn bonus stickers as well!
  • Talk to them about the way recycling helps the Earth and how we become better citizens when we care about the environment.
  • When the bins are full, announce to the kids that it’s time to redeem their recycling.
  • Pick a day to come over to Alameda Metals and mark it on the calendar.
  • Go online to www.alamedametals.com and download your bonus coupon for an extra 5¢ per pound.
  • Before you come over to our facility, remember it’s helpful if you can sort your glass bottles by color – clear, brown and green.
  • Go online to www.alamedametals.com and download your bonus coupon for an extra 5¢ per pound.
  • Before you come over to our facility, remember it’s helpful if you can sort your glass bottles by color – clear, brown and green.
  • Finally, share the wealth! Watch the kids’ eyes light up when you give them the money they earned from their hard work.
  • Together we can reduce, reuse, and recycle and have fun in the process. Stop by and see us at our recycling center, in East Palmdale or call us at (661) 538-0299. You can also visit us online at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 6-13-16

Copper Is A Wondrous Thing

Imagine you are walking down the street and you find a shiny new penny on the ground. Maybe before you pick it up you say to yourself, “find a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.” Did you know that there’s a chance that very penny you pick up might be made from the same copper Honest Abe once held? That’s possible because copper has an infinite recyclable life – it can be used over and over again. Copper is a wondrous thing! It brought man out of the Stone Age and has been used for over 10,000 years.

From tools to jewelry to wiring, copper is one of Earth’s most versatile and electrically conductive metals. Alameda Metals can help you give copper a new life when you bring us your copper materials to recycle. Here are some of the benefits of recycling your copper pipes, bearings, wire gauges, phone cords, outlet cores, and radiators at Alameda Metals:

  • Recycled copper saves landfill space.
  • The environment benefits because recycled copper reduces the need to mine for it. This reduces the depletion of fossil fuels.
  • Recycling copper is easier on the environment than the refining process.
  • The U.S. is completely self-sufficient when it comes to our copper resources. We do not need to import it and recycling makes that possible.
  • You will make the people of Copperopolis, California happy (yes, that is a real town!)
  • Recycling makes you feel good about helping the Earth and you can earn some money.

Posted: 3-11-16

Reusing, Repurposing, and Recycling Large and Unusual Items.

At Alameda Metals, no job is too big or too small. So, whenever you have any large items that conventional recycling can’t handle, ask yourself these three questions:

1. Can it be reused or donated?
2. Can you repurpose it?
3. Can you fix it?

All of these questions will provide options for recycling, but if you must dispose of a large item, check with the county to find out where it needs to be taken or whether it can’t be dismantled into recyclable parts. If the item can’t be donated, fixed, or repurposed, the next best option is to dismantle it into smaller pieces. Most counties will remove these large items and transport them to the proper site for a small fee.

At Alameda Metals we offer roll-off service to residences that have enough scrap metal material to fill a 40 yard roll-off bin. So if you have some acreage to clear per the city’s request, or a residential project whee you’ll be collecting a large quantity of metal, we’ll provide you with a roll-off bin. We’ll essentially offer our assistance to you in the form of a Brokerage Service. We’ll handle all the details of picking up, loading, packaging and shipping your material.

Some of the items we recycle in this category are:

  • Appliances (Washer, dryers, ovens, refrigerators and water heaters)
  • Bicycles
  • Patio furniture
  • Lawnmowers
  • Bird cages
  • Pipe corrals
  • Chain link fencing

We welcome and can unload all of your large heavier steel and tin products. Stop by our facility in East Palmdale, or call (661) 538-0299. Online at www.alamedametals.com.

Posted: 2-11-16

Out of Home

Now that you've made environmentally conscious decisions at home and have instituted recycling as a regular part of your life, you must take that with you whenever you leave the house. Recycling doesn't end at the home and should be a constant process everywhere you go. Planning ahead can make being environmentally conscious simple, here are a few tips to make environmentally friendly choices wherever you go:

  • Buy snacks in bulk to reduce the amount of wrappers that you obtain. Also buy snacks with recycled wrapping material.
  • Bring refillable water bottles with you rather than purchasing the big cases of bottled water.
  • Seek out recycling bins or bring a small plastic bag for recyclables rather than throwing your recyclables in the nearest trash can you can find.

If no recycling options are available to you, then simply ask. If you’re hosting an event, then encourage everyone to do their part and recycle.

Our city reflects us, therefore we need to do our part in keeping our cities clean. At Alameda Metals we pride ourselves in being a part of the community that promotes clean streets and taking recycling that next step forward, out of the home is a step in the right direction.

Our staff is committed to making you feel right at home and because we realize how valuable your time is, we will do our best to get you in and out, as quickly as possible. All while providing you with a wonderful recycling experience. We invite you to stop by our state of the art, full service recycling center, in East Palmdale. Or call (661) 538-0299, online at www.alamedametals.com.