Keep Our Mountains Beautiful (KOMB) members are frequently asked where to recycle specific items. As a rural community, we have fewer options for recycling than larger cities. Since change seems to be the only constant in life, you're encouraged to call businesses ahead for current prices, details, or hours of operation. Remember to always sort your recyclables.
All Right Recycling: Located in front of North Fork Market. Accepts PET plastics, aluminum, CRV and other glass bottles. Appointments can be made for pick up, and for larger metal items such as cars and tractors. Prices vary for this service. (559) 676-3787, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anderson Recycle Center: 35442 Highway 41, Coarsegold. CRV glass, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Paper (magazines, newspaper, junk mail), but no cardboard. (559) 760-5405.
Heartland Recycling: 39979 Road 425B at Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst, Glass, both CRV and regular (clean), aluminum cans and plastic beverage bottles. (559) 683-7623.
Jerry & Willie's Recycling: 40091 Enterprise Dr., Oakhurst. Aluminum, CRV plastic, glass, and PET hard plastic. (559) 642-6444.
North Fork transfer station (operated by Red Rock Environmental Group): 33699 Road 274. Free disposal of recyclables as listed under Fairmead Landfill. (559) 877-4226.
Sierra E-Waste: 40879 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Accepts just about anything with a cord: TVs, computer and related items, printers, radios, heaters, fans, toasters, washer/dryers, refrigerators and more. Call before you go.(559) 760-6764.
CJ Metal recycling: 57735 Road 225, North Fork. Metals of all types, PET plastics and hard plastics, electronics and batteries (car and household). Free metal pick up. (559) 760-5333, cjmetalrecycling.com.
Fairmead Landfill: 21739 Road 19, Chowchilla. Free disposal of separated recyclables (no garbage): junk mail paper, colored advertising papers, phone books, magazines, cardboard, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans, scrap metal, glass, plastics, electronic waste including TVs, computers, VCRs, cell phones and computer accessories. Fee for tires and rims -- appliances with freon, $15 fee. No styrofoam. Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (559) 665-3099.
Vons and Raley's: plastic grocery and vegetable bags, clean and dry. Relays also accepts used eye glasses for redistribution.
Yosemite Lakes Park: Third Saturday morning of the month at the Recreation Center. Donate your recyclables -- newspapers, glass, household and CRV plastic and CRV aluminum.
Miscellaneous: Sharps/needles: Special bins for sharps at Emadco office, Oakhurst, North Fork transfer station and Household Hazardous Waste Facility at Fairmead Landfill. Sharps/needles must be placed in a box or container. Motor Oil: Eagle Quick Lube, Dan's Auto Repair and O'Reilly Auto Parts, all in Oakhurst. Must be in approved containers -- No anti-freeze containers allowed.
Non-leaking car batteries: O'Reilly Auto Parts.
CFL bulbs: small household type --Home Depot Clovis/Fresno; place in a plastic bag first. Long CFL bulbs are considered hazardous waste (see Fairmead Landfill).
Printer Ink Cartridges: Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce office, Office Max, Office Depot and Staples. Small batteries -- rechargeable, household type -- Radio Shack, Home Depot, Lowe's.
Note: The next scheduled Haz Mat collection day for Eastern Madera County is 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., June 15, at Yosemite High School.
This monthly column for the Sierra Star is intended to increase awareness and provide education regarding recycling, littering and community beautification. KOMB's next meeting is May 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Oakhurst Library. Details: Judy Linda Horn (559) 877-2361, Sandee Scott (559) 760-1058.