Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • Keep California Clean

    Posted on In the Loop on Jul 23, 2018

  • Celebrating Earth Day and National Volunteer Month

    This year, Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22. Californians throughout the state are gathering to celebrate the great outdoors with picnics, environmental fairs, and cleanup projects at state parks, beaches, and waterways. These events are a great way to celebrate both Earth Day and National Volunteer Month! Local governments and state parks often rely upon volunteers to help clean up public areas like beaches and picnic areas. Check out these events throughout the state, and don’t forget to bring your own bucket, gloves, sunscreen, water, and a snack.


    In Los Angeles, Heal the Bay volunteers have cleaned up 1,194,587 plastic-related items, 614,205 smoking-related items, and 556,995 pieces of Styrofoam along the California coastline over the past 10 years. This year’s cleanup event is on April 21 in Santa Monica.


    In Mission Viejo, volunteers will gather on Sunday, April 22, to plant drought-resistant trees and shrubs in their city and clean up litter along the way. The project starts at 8 a.m. and continues until lunchtime. At the same time, a Green Expo is being held on Mustang Run.


    The 14th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach includes a beach cleanup and creek restoration. After the cleanup, you can celebrate Earth Day with music, dance, and art made from natural materials collected from the beach. 


    Pacifica Beach hosts an impressive event on Saturday, April 21, that starts with beach cleanups from Daly City to Half Moon Bay and then transitions into an EcoFest at Linda Mar State Beach. Last year, more than 6,800 volunteers removed nearly 2 tons of trash, half a ton of recyclables, and 15,422 cigarette butts! 


    On Saturday, April 28, you can volunteer at 16 different sites in Castro Valley. Projects include planting, weed abatement, trimming, mulch application, and litter cleanup. Ten schools are also participating in this effort to beautify the Castro Valley region. 

    Check out our Earth Day page of events to find an Earth Day celebration near you and look for ways to volunteer in the name of Mother Earth!

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Apr 19, 2018

  • CalRecycle Adds Crews to Ventura County Wildfire Cleanup

    First Property Cleared for Rebuilding Following Thomas Fire

    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is now managing 41 private contractor crews to clear wildfire debris from affected properties in the City of Ventura and Ventura County. An additional four crews, consisting of three to five people each, began work late last week to help remove soil, ash, metal, concrete, and other debris from properties destroyed by December’s 281,893-acre Thomas Fire.

    “CalRecycle is proud to work alongside our state and local partners to help clear this wildfire debris and give the resilient communities of Ventura County the opportunity to move forward,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “At the end of this debris removal process, homeowners can be confident in knowing their properties are clean, safe, and ready for rebuilding.”

    Debris Removal Operations

    Phase 1 – The California Department of Toxic Substances Control removes hazardous debris such as asbestos siding or pipe insulation; paints; batteries; flammable liquids; and other materials. See the current progress here.

    Phase 2 – Following the removal of hazardous debris, CalRecycle contractors began the following operations to restore fire-damaged lots to pre-fire conditions:

    • Site Documentation, Assessments, and Analysis – Began Jan. 11, 2018. Contractor crews measure and document foundation, structures, debris, utility infrastructure, and property-specific hazards. Any remaining asbestos-containing material is identified and removed. Crews obtain and evaluate background soil samples to establish cleanup goals for the project.
    • Debris Removal – Began Jan. 19, 2018. Contractor crews remove metals and concrete for recycling, and ash and contaminated soil for disposal.
    • Confirmation Sampling – Began Jan. 31, 2018. Contractor crews sample and analyze soil, compare results to program cleanup goals.
    • Erosion Control – Began Feb. 2, 2018. Contractor crews implement storm water best management practices to control sediment runoff and promote vegetation growth.

    At the conclusion of the debris cleanup program, CalRecycle will provide each property owner with a certificate that verifies the lot is clean and eligible to receive a building permit from the county. CalRecycle anticipates debris removal work to be completed in all areas in April 2018. Activities related to confirmation sampling and erosion control may continue into May 2018.

    Current Ventura County Wildfire Debris Removal Status 

    • Right of Entry Forms Returned: 669
    • Site Documentation/Assessments Complete: 647
    • Debris Removal Complete: 83
    • Confirmation Sampling Complete: 21
    • Erosion Control Implemented: 3
    • Final Inspection Completed: 1

    Debris removal programs are implemented under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and local governments.  CalRecycle oversees and manages contractors and consultants to conduct the debris removal at no out-of-pocket cost to homeowners. Homeowners who wish to participate must return signed Right of Entry forms to their local governments. A central Debris Removal Operations Center has been established as a resource for impacted homeowners to return Right of Entry forms and get answers to any questions or concerns.

    Debris Removal Operations Center
    290 Maple Court, Suite 120
    Ventura, CA  93003
    (805) 765-4259

    Homeowners who wish to conduct their own cleanup may do so but should be aware of all safety and environmental standards and requirements. The City of Ventura and Ventura County have guidelines available for residents who wish to pursue this option. Commercial properties may be eligible for state-funded debris removal if damaged lots pose a direct threat to public health or the environment. Thus far, CalRecycle crews have been tasked with debris removal for the Hawaiian Village and Harbor View apartment complexes.

    For more information about the debris cleanup program,

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Feb 15, 2018