Thursday, April 22 is the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, a day to reflect on the need to protect our natural environment. For the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling
(DWMR), every day is Earth Day! DWMR employees work hard to be good stewards of our environment. Here are a few examples:
- Last year, the North Area Recovery Station and Kiefer Landfill recycled more than 46,000 box springs and mattresses.
- Each year, sheep and goats graze 275 acres of vegetation at Kiefer Landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving taxpayer dollars.
- The energy plant at Kiefer Landfill uses renewable landfill gas to produce 65,000 megawatts of power each year, enough to power 10,000 homes daily.
- In 2015, DWMR partnered with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to plant 10 acres of native trees at Kiefer Landfill. The trees enhance wildlife habitat restoration and help screen landfill operations from view. More trees are scheduled to be planted next year.
- DWMR even recycles broken curbside carts. Once they are no longer useable, the plastic carts are sent to a recycler where they are melted and then molded into new carts.
All this is in addition to collecting 37,000 tons of recyclables and 76,000 tons of green waste each year, while operating 128 trucks that run on renewable fuels.
Visit our Education Resources Learn at Home webpage
for ideas on how you can be a good steward of our environment. On the same page, you can download our free SacGreenTeam app and use the “how do I get rid of …” search tool to help you sort smart and recycle right. Let’s all do our part for environmental stewardship and our community!