Where to Recycle?
Have you ever had an item that you wanted to recycle, but had no idea who CDR is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from
to contact? Look no further, the Center for Development of Recycling 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(CDR) at San Jose State might have the answer. CDR can help with questions about the following:
The Center for Development of Recycling (CDR) is a non-profit, university- Where to take or sell recyclables
based recycling resource for Santa Clara County. Staffed by faculty- Where to take reusable goods
managed students, CDR is located at the Department of Environmental Where to find commercial recycling services
Studies at San Jose State University (SJSU) and is an administrative unit of Sources of recycled-content products
the San Jose State University Foundation. CDR is funded by the County to Information about city curbside recycling programs
operate its Recycling Hotline on behalf of the county's 15 cities and How to do backyard composting
unincorporated areas. Where to recycle or donate appliances
How to reduce junk mail (we have a kit)
CDR can be found by visiting the following website: Resources of information about recycling
http://recyclestuff.org/CDR.asp Copies of city contracts and policies related to recycling
There you will find a handy recycling search. Just tell it what you would For further information on CDR, recycling questions or a free CDR
like to recycle and hit the "Find Recyclers" button and it will list several publications list, call CDR at (408) 924-5453 or 1-800-533-8414 or e-
organizations/companies in the bay area that would be glad to take the item mail us at email@example.com.
off your hands. This search is updated at least once a year to make sure it's
It also has city and county recycling information posted along with
publications, a proposal for a state wide recycling network, information
about composting and a junk mail reduction kit.
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political groups target mailings to people they is included on the back) materials. Many organizations will honor your request; they
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do not want to spend money on someone who has no
cause. If you buy from a company or donate to an
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