MALIBU—The city of Malibu has joined with Sustainable Surf, Marko Foam, and Access document shredding service to offer public recycling opportunities during the month of November to promote America Recycles Day. According to the city of Malibu website, America Recycles Day is November 15, and is a national call to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
During its ongoing outreach, workshops and special recycling events, Malibu will provide tools and information to boost and enable residents to conserve energy and natural resources, and reduce waste. The city’s ongoing public recycling and collection events for batteries, electronic waste, household hazardous waste (HHW), and polystyrene foam allowed it to deliver on a top environmental goal: properly recycling our community waste.
Malibu banned single-use plastic straws and utensils in 2018. Other plastic bans in the region include include plastic sandbags and single-use plastic shopping bags. In 2017, Malibu recycled over 277 tons of bottles, cans, paper, and electronic waste.
Malibu residents can drop off polystyrene foam in the upper parking lot of City Hall Upper Parking Lot from November 1 thru November 30 Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The foam will be collected and recycled by the environmental non-profit organization Sustainable Surf and surfboard foam manufacturer Marko Foam. Some of the material will used to make more eco-friendly surfboards as part of the Waste to Waves project. To learn more about Waste to Waves at https://markofoamblanks.com/pages/recycling.
For the second year, Waste to Waves will collect neoprene wetsuits that will be used to make SUGA yoga mats. Their yoga mats are made out of 100 percent recycled neoprene, which helps keeps neoprene out of landfills, and helps empower surfers to protect the environment that they enjoy. Wetsuits should be dried in the sun for at least a day before they are donated. Learn more at https://vimeo.com/147353006.
There will be free secure document shredding on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Malibu residents can drop off paper documents to be shredded and recycled for free by Access. Secure paper document shredding by Access helps to prevent identity theft while recycling paper. www.MalibuCity.org/Shredding. For more details, visit the City’s America Recycles Day page.