We embrace all movements to protect the environment and feel that our company holds a critical role in the environmental responsibility of our community. We have taken steps to make our facility and fleet have as little impact on the environment as possible. Also, we reach out to our customers to provide educational material on recycling and source reduction of waste.
Our fleet of solid waste and recycling collection vehicles have all be outfitted with diesel particulate filters. These filters "trap" the harmful particulate that diesel engines emit. A side effect of these filters is that they create greater restriction on the engine if not cleaned frequently and properly. In order to remove any barriers to making sure our filters are always performing optimally we purchased our own cleaning equipment.
Our facility at 2951 Wallace Drive has a 26.7 KWh solar array on the roof. The solar system generates about 70% of the power for our facility annually. Also, we have a water recovery system that recycles all of the water that is used to wash our fleet of trucks and containers. The water recovery system does not use any chemicals or traditional filters to clean the water and instead uses bacteria. One neat feature of our water recovery system is that it captures and stores rain water for later use to offset evaporation that occurs on sunny days.
We have been pushing recycling as an effective way for the community to protect the environment ever since it was feasible to do so. In the early 1990's we ran a series of TV commercials on KSBY to get our residential customers involved in curbside recycling. Since then we have continued to educate our customers and push for enhanced "single stream" recycling programs at all of our customer locations (residential and commercial).
We are always looking for creative ways to protect the environment and have many options that we are currently evaluating. One thing we are particularly excited about is offering 20 gallon garbage service to our residential customers. We are working to develop rates and determine the interest level from our customers but are hopeful that we will be able to start delivering 20 gallon trash carts to our customers later this year. This would cut our current smallest service size in half since the smallest garbage cart we currently have is a 40 gallon. Also, 2011 is going to be a big year for recycling! We are working on projects to bring additional awareness to our recycling programs in early 2011.
Commitment to Local Businesses
Paso Robles Waste Disposal is a member of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. We use local banks and make purchases with local businesses in an effort to keep our local economy as healthy as possible. Please join us in buying local!
The Gomer family and the Paso Robles Waste Disposal family of companies are proud to be active members of our local community not just through our participation in local organizations by also through donating to many of our local non-profits. An important note about our funding efforts is that the contributions we make do not impact the rates our customers pay for service. In the past we have supported these organizations:
- North San Luis Obispo County Boys and Girls Club
- Food Bank
- Paso Robles Recreation Leagues
- Paso Robles Youth Sports Council
- Paso Robles Bearcats