Residents and visitors may have noticed a mess at the Vons recycling center this week. According to those who complained to The Sheet, such a mess is a common sight at this and other Mammoth Disposal recycling bins around town.
The Sheet called Mammoth Disposal General Manager Rick Vahl for his comment on the issue. “[Recycling] is picked up a lot,” Vahl said of the Vons location in particular.
Mammoth Disposal picks up recycling from its dumpsters elsewhere in town twice a week, while Sierra Conservation Project services all non-Mammoth Disposal recycling dumpsters.
Vahl said a Mammoth Disposal driver comes by Vons every Monday to empty the bins. “Usually, the mess I see is people leaving bags next to the recycling [area],” he said. Vahl said people leave these bags next to half-full bins. He argued that this was the downside of an unsupervised recycling area.
Another downside: people drop off non-recyclable items.
“I’ve cleaned [the Vons recycling] up before,” he said. “One time I found a full trash bag of plastic jello shots [next to the bins]. I was like, ‘Oh, my heavens.’”
Vahl added that Vons notifies Mammoth Disposal when the bins are full and need an unscheduled pick up. “From my experience, the only time it overflows is on busy holidays,” he said.