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Archived News Release from 2010

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Neighborhood Environmental Volunteer Training with Neighbors Can Become Experts on the New Recycling/Garbage/Composting Service   

Redwood City, CA - August 27, 2010 - Starting January 1, 2011, Recology ( will be Redwood City’s new recycling/garbage/compost carrier, offering a new variety of services including more automation, single-stream recycling, and curbside composting. In the meantime, the South Bayside Waste Management Authority/RethinkWaste (the joint powers authority which contracts with Recology on behalf of 10 cities) is working to get the word out about the new service, and to let people know that new carts will be delivered to Redwood City households starting on September 22.

RethinkWaste is offering a great opportunity for Redwood City residents to build community and help their neighbors by becoming neighborhood environmental volunteers – experts in the new service, which is called CartSMART. After a quick training to become Green Team Block Leaders, participants will help spread the word about the new CartSMART services. Green Team Block Leaders will be the first to know about these exciting new programs and will become their neighborhood’s expert on CartSMART

  • Green Team Block Leader Training
    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    7 –  9 pm
    Redwood City Community Activities Building, Room 1
    1400 Roosevelt Avenue
    RSVP by September 7 to

 RethinkWaste will provide the fun and interesting training, manuals, and a tool kit – everything a resident need to get their friends and neighbors excited about this new era in sustainability for Redwood City. Refreshments will be provided, and volunteers will also receive a RethinkWaste messenger briefcase and the opportunity to enter a drawing for gift certificates and prizes. Participants must RSVP by September 7 by sending an email to

At this training there will also be a very short segment about Redwood City’s Neighborhood Liaison Program and how people can get involved in other ways to build community in their neighborhoods. 

Volunteer involvement as a Green Team Block Leader can be as informal and simple as just answering questions from neighbors, to arranging formal presentations and home “Recycle” parties – whatever fits into the volunteer’s willingness, schedule, and availability.

RethinkWaste is also holding a community-wide information meeting on September 15 at City Hall to explain and answer questions about the new services. Be sure to visit and click on “Videos of New Services” for great information about the new program.

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Malcolm Smith
Redwood City

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