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If you think Rocklin doesn’t recycle, think again! Recycling in Rocklin is easy and effective. Residents fill One Big Bin with all household garbage (food waste, cans, bottles, newspapers, etc.).ย  The local Materials Recovery Facility (MFR) sorts and recycles it for you.

The information below is compiled from, a collaborative effort between the Western Placer Waste Management Authority, the City of Roseville and Placer County.

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How it works:

Step 1. Dispose
Ever wondered why you don’t have a recycle bin? In Placer County, we have One Big Bin and its called that for a good reason because the majority of the garbage is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility where many recyclables are separated from the garbage.

Step 2. Transport
In Placer County the trash and recyclables in your One Big Bin are collected curbside by either a contract hauler or by your city and transported to the MRF.ย  The trash and recyclables are weighted and dumped onto the receiving floor.

Step 3. MRF
The MRF receives roughly 1,000 tons of commercial and residential garbage on a typical weekday – that’s 2 million pounds of garbage each weekday!ย  The trash and recyclables go through a series of mechanical and manual sorting processes to separate materials by size and then by type.

The machines and equipment are engineered to efficiently sort recyclable materials from non-recyclable trash. In 2008 the MRF recovered enough recyclable material to fill an area the size of a football field stacked 400 feet high.

Step 4. Landfill
Non-recyclable trash is transported to the landfill.ย  The landfill sits on a comprehensive liner system to protect the soil and groundwater below and the trash is methodically placed to maximize its capacity and useful life.

This method has achieved high recycling rates for Rocklin.

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