One of the questions that I am asked frequently is “Don’t we have to sort our garbage for recycling?” The answer is “No”, but don’t think we don’t recycle here in Lincoln. A lot of areas have separate bins for plastic, glass, paper etc. but we have the “One Big Bin” program here. You put all your garbage into the green bin that the City provides with service sign-up and then it goes out to the Western Placer Waste Management Authority location on Athens Ave (out past the Casino). At that point, the waste (over 2 million lbs a day) goes through a process of mechanical and manual sorting. It is really quite the process! Some of the schools have field trips out there and the kids come home amazed. One thing I really like about having the “dump” not too far away is that I can load a truck with tree trimmings or garbage from a home we are selling and be out there in about 20 minutes. They do allow the public to dump and it usually costs between about $12 and $20 depending on what and how much you are dumping. They also have a bottle depot there and cardboard recycling. The fact that we live in an area that takes recycling seriously and that it is close enough for me to do dump runs (but not too close to smell or hear) is one of my favorite things!
Check out what happens to your garbage here: onebigbin.com