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

  • Eco-Friendly Habits to Form Today

    Eco-friendly habits checklist

    • Bring a reuseable water bottle
    • Say no to single-use plastic straws
    • Bring reuseable grocery bags
    • Bring a reuseable coffee cup to cafes
    • Ride you bike to work, school, or the store
    • Declutter & donate on a regular basis
    • Make meals at home to avoid packaging & food waste
    Posted on In the Loop on Aug 6, 2018

  • E-Waste Dumping is Dangerous & Illegal in California

    Because of their potentially harmful components like lead and mercury, electronics are considered hazardous waste.

    Find an e-waste recycling center near you.

    Find an e-waste recycling center near you.

    Posted on In the Loop on Jul 2, 2018

  • Cities, Schools Aim to Become Zero Waste Communities

    What is “zero waste”? To some, it means reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill to zero. To others, zero waste is a process and a philosophy that involves a redesign of products and a redesign of consumption, so all material goods can be reused or recycled—or not needed at all. A number of local jurisdictions in California have implemented zero waste programs or passed resolutions related to zero waste.

    In 2014, Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) became the first school district in the nation to commit to the goal of zero waste.

    The city of Oceanside provides recycling bins and educational materials to each campus, measures the amount of waste the school produces, and educates the school community on how to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible. By the end of the 2016/17 school year, the OUSD Zero Waste Initiative will have reached 13 of the OUSD’s 23 schools and saved the district nearly $100,000 in avoided landfill servicing fees. By the end of 2020, the city plans to implement its zero waste plan at all schools in the district.

    Kids Recycling At School

    Christa McAuliffe Elementary is one of the schools participating in the zero waste program.

    The students are trained to recognize different waste materials and to sort them accordingly for disposal or recycling. During lunchtime, a student “Green Team” helps sort lunch waste and teaches classmates about waste diversion and recycling. The school encourages parents to volunteer alongside their children, thereby spreading the impact of this educational program beyond the four walls of the school.

    We may or may not ever reach zero waste, but we continually work toward the goal. Today, a 90 percent reduction of waste being sent to landfills and incinerators is considered an achievable goal by such groups as the Zero Waste International Alliance and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. However, each succeeding increment toward zero requires systematic changes and improvements, and a significant, collaborative effort.

    If you’d like to learn more about zero waste and what California cities and counties are doing to become zero waste communities, visit our Zero Waste webpage

    Posted on In the Loop on May 13, 2017