The city of San Jose is taking a step towards recycling the last remaining objects left from the Golden State’s past and is now accepting bids for its last remaining recycling site, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
A total of 13 recycling sites will be added to the system this year, which is up from six this year.
The city will use a portion of the proceeds from the site sales to support a wide range of community programs including homeless shelters, food pantries and schools.
The San Jose Recycling Center, a facility in the city’s historic Civic Center, will be expanded to handle the bulk of the new site purchases.
This is the third year in a row that the city has opened the recycling center to bid on the site.
In 2015, the city opened a recycling facility in Civic Center.
In 2018, the center expanded to its current location on Fourth Avenue, which also houses the Santa Clara County Recreation Center.
The two facilities will be housed separately and not intermingle.
The new recycling centers will also allow the city to sell its trash, including items such as old clothing and other used materials.
San Jose has also been a leader in reducing its carbon footprint, the environmental impact of which has been well documented.
San José has been recycling for decades, but the city is starting to see an increase in demand for recycled materials.
Since 2010, the number of recyclable items in San José’s garbage has grown from 14.3 percent to 32.3 million.
In 2016, the San José Recycled Material Recyclers Association (SMRRA) estimated that the total value of recycled material in the county totaled $3.5 billion.
Recycating items such to clothing and plastics, cardboard and other materials also helps the city curb its greenhouse gas emissions and greenhouse gas pollution.
It also contributes to the local economy by providing jobs, as well as economic development for nearby communities.
San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland have also begun expanding their recycling programs.