Fullerton’s inaugural Clean Energy Day began Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a newly-built compressed natural gas refueling site.
Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker said he hopes the event will help spread awareness and add to the city’s green energy and recycling initiatives.
“I’m interested in furthering the notion of Clean Energy Day and customizing it for what makes sense here for us locally,” said Whitaker.
According to Whitaker, the city has a requirement to be responsible with all natural resources, from how they are obtained to the way that they are used and disposed.
Fullerton is one of the first cities in the area to have an alternative fueling station.
These types of fueling stations are “few and far between” and this location serves a gap in the north part of the county, Whitaker said.
“Today we are promoting e-waste recycling as well as the whole aspect of shredding,” said Fullerton public information coordinator Chi-Chung Keung. “All these things that really help people be conscientious of the importance of clean energy.”
Keung said the city has a history of being interested in and promoting clean energy.
The Fullerton Public Library was recently awarded a Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, said Kueng. He added that it has been shown that keeping electronic waste out of the dumps is something the city needs to do.
A growing population density in Fullerton has caused trash to become a major concern, according to the mayor.
“We changed over our trash system to where we actively have trash sorting now first by the consumer and then at a facility so what that does is reduce the amount of waste going into landfills,” Whitaker said.
Across the street from the event, e-waste collection by MG Disposal and paper shredding services by Cintas Document Management were provided.
MG Disposal provides several of Fullerton’s public services, including trash and recycling.
The company recently began collecting electronic waste and provides a curbside service upon request.
One of MG Disposal’s main objectives is to keep hazardous materials out of landfills, according to its website.
Harmful items include batteries, televisions, computers and their accessories, compact fluorescent light bulbs or anything with a red LED light. These toxins can seep into the soil and travel through the water to potentially pollute and cause illness, according to the company’s website.
“Some of this is a city initiative and some of this is being pressed by regulations so California intends to stay in the forefront of ecological pioneering,” Whitaker said.
Local municipalities seem to be following the leadership of the capitol, as Gov. Jerry Brown continues his push toward a greener state. Brown has recently embarked on an ambitious plan to combat global warming by punishing polluters, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“You have to pursue renewable energy—and California is leading the way—but you also have to have balance and common sense,” said Brown’s spokesman Gil Duran.
Sam Mountjoy contributed to this report.