Talking with Joel “Stone” – Little Italy + Bumbleride Recycler
- How did you get started recycling in Little Italy?
After recycling for myself, neighbors started asking for help with their recycled materials (cardboard, aluminum, pallets & glass). After meeting one of the local landlords in Little Italy who didn’t have a recycling program, I started helping them as well. That was 15 years ago. Recycling is a side job for me besides my day job at the Post Office. After word of mouth, I now help recycle for much of downtown San Diego.
- What types of materials do you recycle?
Aluminum, cardboard, tin, glass, most all recyclables. Even plastics are collected at the local recycling yard for proper disposal, which I also provide.
- Is business growing? Do you find people are trying to recycle more?
My personal recycling business is going down since more and more companies are creating their own recycling programs with local waste disposal services. I do see more and more people recycling on their own, now more than ever.
- Do you have any advice for people trying to recycle more often?
Just to emphasize the importance of recycling in regards to landfill space decreasing, recycling is more important than ever to help reduce our overall waste.
- How many pounds of Aluminum usually come out of an average stroller that you recycle?
It’s hard to say exactly per stroller since my aluminum is weighed in bulk. I have probably recycled almost 400 stroller frames since I’ve started recycling with Bumbleride almost 5 years ago.
- Do you have any recommendations on how we can make our strollers more recyclable?
For each stroller I have to drill and grind out each rivet. By using more nuts and bolts, dis-assembly and recycling would be much easier for the average person. Try to use less plastics since that is not as recyclable as your other materials.
Thanks Stone for your help, feedback and for helping Little Italy recycle!!