Recycle for the Holidays!

Start 2019 off right with recycling! We’ll take those holiday cards and trees off your hands and make sure they don’t end up in the landfill.

RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS:

You can bring in your old Christmas cards to the Pala Administration Lobby.  There’s a red wrapped box by the downstairs front desk where you can drop off your cards.  We donate all cards to the children of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children for arts and crafts.

Pala Environmental Department will remove any writing/names/information from each card before sending them, so you do not have to worry about privacy (or you can do so before dropping off your cards).

Where:  Pala Administration Lobby; Pala Environmental Department Office

                When: between now & the end of January

 RECYCLE YOUR USED GIFT CARDS (leftover after you use your Christmas presents):

After you use up all of those Christmas gift cards you received this holiday season, remember that they can be recycled.  This also includes old library/ID cards, etc.

Where:  Pala Environmental Dept.

                When: anytime

RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREES:

If you live on the reservation, you can recycle your Christmas trees for free by leaving them out on trash days (next to your trash cans) or bringing them to the Pala Transfer Station.

Tribal Services will collect Christmas trees during regular pick-up times for the first 2 weeks of January.

Where:  Pala Transfer Station or curbside, next to your trash cans

                When: between now & the middle of January

 If you do not live in Pala, check this website for the best way to recycle your trees.

Spring Recycling Challenge

Join us in Pala’s Spring Recycling Challenge!  You can help fund Pala’s youth garden at the Pala Youth Center just by recycling more in your curbside blue bins and around the reservation, or by dropping it off at the transfer station.  It’s as simple as that!

We are asking the Pala Community to step up their home recycling now through June 15th – if we can increase the amount we currently recycle and reduce the amount of trash that we send to the landfill, we will give the extra revenue to our young gardeners at the Pala Youth Center for garden supplies and t-shirts for the kids.  This is money that they can use on tools, seeds, compost supplies, and anything else they might need for their beautiful garden.

Last year, the tribe spent over $267,000 on trash disposal; almost 25% of that could have been  put in your blue recycling bin (much cheaper to get rid of) instead of your trash can!  If all of our tribal members recycled just 2 bottles a day, we could divert over 670,000 bottles a year from the landfill, ultimately saving the tribe $35,000!  Keeping trash disposal costs down by recycling can help the tribe spend its valuable money on other programs.

Here’s what you can put in your recycling bin at home:

  • CANS – aluminum, steel, or tin
  • GLASS – bottles/jars, all colors
  • CARDBOARD & PAPER – all types, paper bags, magazines/newspapers, junkmail
  • PLASTIC – marked #1-7 or labeled “CA Redemption Value”
  • Styrofoam – just packing containers, not food containers

Please DO NOT INCLUDE: dishes, plastic bags, used paper plates/cups/towels, packing peanuts.

Need a handy reminder of what you can recycle? Visit the Pala Environmental Department for a magnet with a list of what you can put in your blue bin, or go to our website, ped.palatribe.com, and click on “Transfer Station.” All the information you need is right there!

There’s a bunch of other stuff that you can bring to the Pala Transfer Station for recycling as well, including: old shoes/clothes, green waste from your yard, scrap metal, electronic or e-waste, old appliances, and household hazardous materials (for example: old paint cans or cleaning solutions).

You can follow along with our community’s recycling progress by checking the Pala Environmental Department website, or at upcoming General Council meetings.