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  • Recycling shout out: This is BIG! Big change, big impact, big shout out!

    American Refuse|Updated Mar 14, 2019

    As you drive down Shafter Avenue, you might notice some new colors around the cafeteria that hosts Richland Junior High and Redwood Elementary schools Last month, a new program was started to help divert materials from going to the landfill. In the past, all items went into the trash and were left to rot in the landfill, but now a very large percentage is going to a greater good. The new colors you see on the bins represent recovery in organics and recycling efforts. There...

  • Recycle shout out: Way to go Redwood!

    American Refuse|Updated Mar 8, 2019

    Redwood Elementary is implementing recycling / re-use in a new unique way. The school has started a program called "Kindness Recycled." It is a movement promoting kindness to each other and the environment. The message behind the movement is "it takes five kind words or acts to counteract the effects of just one negative word or act." The students make bracelets from recycled products. The plastic ring was a six-pack ring that normally goes into the trash but is now made into...

  • Recycling Blues

    American Refuse|Updated Mar 1, 2019

    It was this time last year that America got a huge wakeup call with our “recycling.” China implemented their “national sword” -- otherwise known as the “China Ban” where they completely shut down accepting all U.S. recycling materials for an entire month. A year later, some may ask where we are now. The tone has been set from last year. After the month-long shut down, things very slowly started to pick back up, but with stricter enforcement on contamination. For what used to be acceptable to send a recycling load with 10 per...

  • Grimmway manager earns recycling honor

    American Refuse|Updated Feb 12, 2019

    Darren Williams received the 2018 Recycling Award for excellence in recycling at City of Shafter's Annual Awards Banquet last Thursday night. Darren Williams, facilities manager for Grimmway Academy in Shafter, has done an outstanding job in bringing Grimmway Academy to a new standard in recycling. The school has reached a goal of "zero" waste. Zero waste means they are diverting 90 percent or more of their trash into recycling efforts. These recycling efforts include...

  • Adept Dental making smiles every day

    Jamie Stewart, The Press Tribune|Updated Feb 8, 2019

    Adept Dental has been bringing smiles to the community of Shafter for a decade with a hometown relationship that continues to grow. Dr. Olivia Park and the rest of Adept Dental family pride themselves on giving personal care to every customer. Dr. Park was born in South Korea and was raised in New Orleans. Park graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Park has experienced corporate and private dental...

  • Changes in law affect organic waste disposal

    American Refuse|Updated Jan 20, 2019

    Shafter business owners, public entities (schools/school districts) and multifamily dwellings with 5 or more units. As a service, American Refuse would like to make you aware of a change in an existing law. The change in the law begin this month, January 2019. AB1826, the mandatory organics recycling law of April 1, 2016, requires businesses (including public entities), school/school districts and multifamily residential dwellings (5 units or more) with 4+ cubic yards of...

  • Changes in law affect organic waste disposal

    American Refuse|Updated Jan 20, 2019

    Shafter business owners, public entities (schools/school districts) and multifamily dwellings with 5 or more units. As a service, American Refuse would like to make you aware of a change in an existing law. The change in the law begin this month, January 2019. AB1826, the mandatory organics recycling law of April 1, 2016, requires businesses (including public entities), school/school districts and multifamily residential dwellings (5 units or more) with 4+ cubic yards of...

  • RECYCLE SHOUTOUT

    American Refuse|Updated Jan 10, 2019

    This fall, Shafter High School started an organics diversion program with their lunch program. We just wanted to say -- You guys are doing awesome! The students put a media presentation together, for all the students, highlighting the new program and why it's important to divert organics out of our landfills and to a proper facility to further reduce the effects of greenhouse gases. We just wanted to thank the students and staff for your dedication to putting the right items...

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