UPDATE: MSHS recycling program suspended due to "overwhelming response"

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta High School’s Key Club 
advisor Karen White and 
students 
Hannah Wertzberger and McKella Koho stand beside the school’s 
massive 
recycling 
container. A wide range of recyclable materials can be deposited there, including plastics, glass, paper, metals and even textbooks, free of charge.

Last week, the community heard of a convenient place to recycle a wide range of materials, and jumped on it.

However, due to an “overwhelming response,” the Mount Shasta High School Key Club has been forced to suspend their recycling program.

“The response caught us off guard despite the fact that the container has been open to the public all along,” said Key Club advisor Karen White. After an article about the program appeared in the newspaper on Wednesday, the 40 yard container behind the school was filled in just a few days, she added.

Because of safety concerns with the amount of vehicles coming in and out of the school and the sheer volume of recyclables, the school has been forced to rethink the logistics of such a large, in demand program.  However, White said she’s hoping to come up with a solution and begin recycling again next year, if possible.

In the meantime, local residents do have other options, however they are somewhat more limited than the program MSHS had intended to offer.

Several locations accept a variety of recyclable items, including the Siskiyou Opportunity Center, Black Butte Towing and the Black Butte Transfer Center. Mount Shasta, Weed and Dunsmuir also have curbside Blue Bag recycling programs their residents can take advantage of which require little effort.

Siskiyou Opportunity Center

Open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the Siskiyou Opportunity Center in Mount Shasta accepts aluminum beverage cans, #1 PETE plastic, #2 HDPE plastic, glass, bi-metal containers, corrugated cardboard, paper bags, newspaper, tin cans, and aluminum foil.

Through the buy-back program, aluminum cans are valued at $1.57 per pound when they are clean and dry, down to $1.46 when they are dirty and wet. PETE #1 plastic fetches  92 cents per pound, and HDPE #2 is traded for 54 cents per pound. Glass bottles and bi-metal beverage containers are traded for $0.105 and 28 cents per pound, respectively.

Other recyclable items include paper bags, newspapers, tin cans and aluminum foil. Though they accept hard liquor, wine bottles and glass food containers, they do not pay for them.

The Siskiyou Opportunity Center accepts corrugated cardboard, although there is a charge. Twenty pounds or less, when brought with other recyclables is free. Without other recyclables, twenty pounds or less is $3 per vehicle, and the price goes up from that point, with over 150 pounds costing $75 per vehicle.

All cardboard must be broken down completely, and there can be no styrofoam or plastic in the boxes. The Opportunity Center does not accept wax or slick surfaced cardboard such as cereal or food boxes.

They also do not accept printer paper, magazines, bond paper, #3 through #7 non-CRV plastics, mirrors, window glass, scrap metal or phone books.

All items should be sorted, and cardboard and newspapers should not be wet.

A Donation Zone area designed for easy drop-off of recyclables is available at the Opportunity Center, with all proceeds going to help purchase upgrades and improvements to the recycling center.

For more information, call 926-4698 or visit their website at www.siskiyouoc.org.

Black Butte Towing

Black Butte Towing, located at 800 Highway 97 in Weed, accepts #1 steel, prepared iron (such as motor blocks that have been drained of oil with no filters), aluminum and aluminum wheels, #1 and #2 copper, radiators and cars with DMV junk slips.

They also accept appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerator and freezers (with the compressor removed) but do not pay for them.

Black Butte Towing also takes glass, plastic and aluminum bottles which are stamped CRV on the bottom.

They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 938-1110 for more information.

Black Butte Transfer Station

The Black Butte Transfer Station, located just off of the Interstate 5 Abrams Lake exit, accepts #1 and #2 plastic, aluminum cans and scrap metal, however they do not pay CRV.

The Black Butte Transfer Station also accepts automotive batteries, as well as batteries of any size for residential customers. They are the only safe place to dispose of batteries in the local area.

They also accept CRTs (including TV and computer monitors), VCRs, DVDs, stereos, speakers, telephones, corrugated cardboard, newspaper, fluorescent lights, ballast from fixtures, waste motor oil and filters.

Drop off of all items is free of charge. For more information, call 926-1610.