Recycling Programs

Recycling Programs

Institute for Local Government – Commercial Recycling Resource Center

Loomis’s Recycling Program Addressing Climate Change

California Chamber – Info. regarding AB 341 (commercial recycling requirements)

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)


Business Recycling – AB 341 Requirements

The Town of Loomis encourages businesses to recycle wherever possible. Many local businesses and schools participate in recycling programs for cardboard, aluminum cans, glass, and office paper recycling. Some deliver their own recyclables directly to the Recycling Center behind Raley’s. Recology also provides special bins for materials to be recycled. For additional information, please call Recology at (530) 885-3735. Another business that recycles other materials is Auburn Recycling & Scrap Metals, 350 Sacramento Street, Auburn (530- 889-2267).

Residential Curbside Recycling

Looking for a convenient way to recycle? Try the voluntary “Blue Bag” recycling program. Town of Loomis residents are provided blue bags for free by Recology. Place the “blue bags” either inside or beside your garbage can. Bundle and tie large cardboard and place it next to your garbage can. Please call Recology at (530) 885-3735 to request bags to be delivered, or if you have questions.

What can be Recycled in the Blue Bags?

  • All paper, including newspaper, envelopes, computer paper, copy paper, magazines, and junk mail
  • Plastic containers — lids removed
  • Glass containers — all types with lids removed
  • Aluminum, steel, and tin cans
  • Cardboard, broken down
  • Where do I put the “blue bag”?
  • Place the “blue bag” inside your existing garbage receptacle or beside it.
  • Where else can I recycle?
  • Recycling Center Behind Raleys, 6119 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis
  •  Recycle bottles and cans at the NexCycle California Redemption Value (CRV) buy back center behind Raleys (Call 909-796-2210 for hours). Most beverages other than milk, wine and distilled spirits are subject to CRV.
  • There are also bins for cardboard and newspaper recycling provided byRecology.
  • Western Placer Material Recovery Facility (MRF) 3033 Fiddyment Rd. (entrance on Athens Ave.), Roseville, CA 95747 near the Thunder Valley casino.
  • Auburn Recycling & Scrap Metals, 350 Sacramento Street, Auburn (530- 889-2267)
  • How can I save money by recycling?
  • You can save over 40% of your quarterly garbage bill by using free blue bags to recycle, a free green waste toter and providing your own 32-gallon garbage can. Sign up with Recology at 530-885-3735.
  • You can redeem money by returning valuable CRV glass, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers to the buy-back center behind Raley’s.

Green Waste Composting

Recology provides a 96-gallon green toter to be used exclusively for green waste at no extra charge. Recology picks up the green waste on a separate route and transports the material to the Western Placer Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The green waste is shredded, screened, then placed into large piles to produce compost for resale from the MRF.

You can also bring your green waste directly to the MRF and have it composted there for a significantly discounted rate compared to landfilling.The MRF is located at: 3033 Fiddyment Rd. (entrance on Athens Ave.), Roseville, CA 95747 near the Thunder Valley casino.


Grasscycling is a method used to keep grass clippings out of the waste stream. It is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing. A mulching mower allows the clippings to be left on the soil to decompose, returning valuable nutrients back to the soil. Grasscycling is simple, easy, and it works!

Reduced Rates Available

If you use one or more 90-gallon toters for your residential garbage and could cut down to a 32-gallon can by wasting less and recycling more, you could drop your quarterly bill by 40% or more. Just provide your own can and sign up with Recology at (530) 885-3735.


Quarterly Bill

32 gallon can


90 gallon toter



Materials Exchange

CalMAX is a FREE, online materials exchange service designed to help businesses, organizations, local governments, industry, schools, and individuals find markets for nonhazardous materials that may otherwise be discarded…”One business’s trash is another business’s treasure.” For more information or to post and look for materials please visit Placer Max on the CalMAX page.

Reduce and Reuse

Reducing or reusing are other alternatives to help waste less:

Use,, and other electronic services to trade new and used goods

  • Donate furniture, goods and clothes to thrift stores and buy products from them.
  • Donate and buy stuff from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Roseville, 8280 Industrial Ave Roseville, CA 95678 (916) 797-8673
  • Look for less packaging in products you buy (e.g., buy cereal in bags)
  • Keep reusable bags in your car for shopping
  • Keep reusable food containers in your car for leftovers from dining out
  • Reuse materials used in packaging food products and reuse containers for storage
  • Exchange magazines with friends or neighbors, or donate to any waiting room
  • Businesses use returnable shipping containers and returnable pallets
  • Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without (this was a slogan of the Great Depression – a reminder of how to get by in current economic times)

For more ideas, click here


Since 2006, all retailers of cell phones and rechargeable batteries in California have to accept and collect used cell phones and rechargeable batteries for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal, at no cost to the consumer. Always remember to erase any personal information when donating or recycling a phone or PDA (Personal Digital Assistant).

Recycle car or lawn mower batteries at Riebe’s Auto Parts store located at 3851 Taylor Rd in Loomis for free – call 652-4433.

CalRecycle also maintains a website of 269 pharmaceutical and medical sharps take-back sites throughout California. See CalRecycle online database.


Electronic products nearing the end of their useful life (e-Waste) contain hazardous substances like lead and mercury and the State has banned them from being discarded in the regular trash, landfills or incinerators. Qualified e-waste collectors and recyclers offer collection events in Loomis periodically, including events at Loomis Elementary School (see and at Spring and Fall Cleanups organized by Recology at the parking lot of Del Oro High School. Loomis Self Storage, 5950 Jetton Lane (off Swetzer) works with Greenspot Dropoff to recycle e-waste regularly (Call 916-652-1314 for hours). Another local e-waste recycler is Sims Recycling Solutions, 8855 Washington Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95678, 916-746-7300. Others can be found via

Carpet Recycling

GB Carpet will recycle carpet. For details,

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are illegal to dispose of with household garbage and include: electronics, paints, household batteries and cleaners, automotive batteries and fluids etc. These items are accepted free for residents at the MRF’s HHW facility (and for a fee for businesses). There is a maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per visit. For a complete list, disposal times, and proper transportation tips please call Western Placer Waste Management Authority: 916-543-3960.

Used motor oil and oil filters can be recycled at:

  • Golden Eagle Automotive at 3590 Taylor Road (916-652-1100)
  • Loomis Automotive, 3210 Swetzer Rd, Loomis, 916-660-1693
  • Sierra Auto Care, 3270 Swetzer Rd, Loomis, 916-652-6196

Free drop-off for home-generated sharps is also available at the MRF. Sharps must be placed in a rigid plastic container to be accepted. Free containers are available while supplies last.

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Why Recycle?

Recycling materials creates ten times more jobs than landfilling. Reusing products creates 75-250 more jobs than land filling. By reducing, reusing, recycling, and buying recycled products, every Californian can help protect our environment and provide resources to fuel the new Green Economy. A recent State study found that 25% of all Green Jobs in California are in the recycling industry.

All Zero Waste businesses have saved money. They save the most money by eliminating waste; the next most money by setting up reuse systems; and save more through recycling and composting. Zero Waste businesses also increase their efficiency and sustainability, decrease their liability and reduce their environmental impacts and greenhouse gases.

Help meet State recycling goals that are good for the environment, good for the economy and a good deal for you!

Other Recycling Information

Placer County Environmental Engineering – 530-889-6846, or email at