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So I'm having some problems with this. At the bike shop we generate an enormous amount of cardboard and rubber waste.

On the cardboard side, I thought was doing my duty by putting it out every week for recycle pickup but I was wrong. Turns out that recycle only comes every other week on main street and anything left out (including plastics, cans and glass) just get thrown in the normal trash if it's not recycling week. On top of that all cardboard has to be cut to be smaller than 2'x2' for them to take it otherwise it goes in the trash. This is a problem for us. Most of what we have are large boxes from bikes and shipments. To cut this down to 2'x2' is extremely time and labor intensive and frankly we don't have the time nor money to do it.

About the rubber, I was bringing it to the city transfer station thinking that it was being sorted at Royal...wrong. They do not sort anything it goes straight to the landfill.

Any ideas on either of these fronts?

Thanks
Tom

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it appears that I can bring the cardboard to the transfer station along with the tires on the city website but when I have done that in the past I am told to just dump the stuff into one of the two dumpsters that go directly to Royal for no sorting...

Also without a pickup truck there is no way to get this stuff over there...even an SUV is not really big enough...
Tom, I will speak to my sister. She makes handbags and other accesories out of recycled rubber. I will see if she is interested.

Justin
Tom, I will speak to my sister. She makes handbags and other accesories out of recycled rubber. I will see if she is interested.

Justin
Hi Tom -

I was having similar issues dealing with paper waste and finding a facility close-by that would process it. I came across a website recently that seems like a decent resource for information on recycling facilities. You can search by zip code and also by the type of product you are looking to recycle - cardboard, phone books, etc.

http://earth911.com/

I hope this helps.
Someone picks up Keyfood's cardboard, have you asked them?

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