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

  • CalRecycle Director Talks Food Waste Prevention

    San Francisco hosted California’s first Global Climate Action Summit earlier this month, drawing governors, mayors, business executives, and leaders from around the world. In addition to new climate-focused pledges from governments and promises from companies, participants stood united to show how bold actions to combat climate change can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen economies, and provide models of success for others to follow.

    “A key premise of the conference was that if a handful of leading-edge states, cities and businesses can demonstrate that it’s feasible—and even lucrative—to go green in their own backyards, they might inspire others to follow suit. That, in turn, could make it easier for national leaders to act more forcefully.” —New York Times

    At an affiliate event titled “More Feast, Less Footprint: New Goals and Progress Towards Wasting Less Food,” panel discussions focused on efforts to reduce the estimated 1.4 billion tons of food wasted across the world every year. That’s roughly one-third of the global food supply.

    Left to right: Scott Smithline, CalReycle; John Dannan, Generate Capital;  Geeta Sethi, World Bank; Chris Cochran, ReFED.

    Left to right: Scott Smithline, CalReycle; John Dannan, Generate Capital;  Geeta Sethi, World Bank; Chris Cochran, ReFED.

    CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline joined representatives from ReFED, Generate Capital, and the World Bank for a discussion called “Financing the Change.” Smithline spoke about CalRecycle’s new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program, which awarded $9.4 million to 31 projects earlier this year.

    The goals of the grant program include:

    • Decreasing the estimated 6 million tons of food waste landfilled in California each year, and
    • Increasing the state’s capacity to collect, transport, store, and distribute more food for the roughly 1 in 8 Californians who are food-insecure.

    When sent to landfills, food and other organic waste decomposes and generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas with a heat-trapping effect at least 86 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year span.

    “Bolstering California’s food recovery infrastructure will help feed communities in need, create new jobs, and result in significant greenhouse gas reductions,” Director Smithline said when the grant awards were announced. “Our hope is that these programs will inspire similar efforts throughout California.”

    CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    During the “Financing the Change” discussion, Director Smithline also spoke of the importance of food waste prevention and rescue in achieving success in SB 1383, California’s new law to combat climate change by getting organic waste out of landfills. At 23 million tons, organics is by far the largest material type landfilled in California each year. SB 1383 mandates a 50 percent reduction in organic waste disposal by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025, as well as actions to redirect 20 percent of currently disposed, edible food to Californians in need.

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Sep 21, 2018

  • Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

    CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline to Speak on Food Waste at Affiliate Event

    This week marks the first Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The event commences on Wednesday, September 12, and concludes on Friday, September 14. You can follow along via live stream on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter

    The event will bring together leaders and citizens from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” Speakers include world leaders, scientists, CEOs, city mayors, musicians, and celebrities. Representing California, you’ll hear from:

    • California State Controller Betty Yee
    • California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra
    • Chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols
    • San Francisco Mayor London Breed
    • Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti
    • Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf

    CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline will be speaking at an affiliate event on Wednesday called “More Feast, Less Footprint: New Goals and Progress Towards Wasting Less Food.” Director Smithline will discuss “Financing the Change.”  You can livestream the event on Twitter via Periscope from the @PCCleads Twitter account, and a link will remain on the PCC Twitter feed for viewing after the broadcast concludes. The event starts at 1 p.m. on Sept.12, 2018, and Scott presents at 3:15 p.m. 

    Here are some additional details about the topics to be discussed, from the event website:

    “The impacts of wasted food are truly jaw dropping—approximately one third of food around the world goes uneaten, giving wasted food a collectively larger carbon footprint than any single country other than the US and China.

    “In fact, wasting less food is ranked the #3 solution for carbon impact by Project Drawdown—higher than building solar farms or planting trees.  Addressing wasted food also reduces pressure on land and water resources and creates opportunities to relieve food insecurity. It is a global problem that touches everyone.  Through collaborative actions across government and the private sector, we have an opportunity to address environmental, hunger, and climate change challenges.

    “Actions to reduce wasted food are garnering rapid uptake both nationally and internationally. Learn about new goals and the latest progress in both government and the private sector.”

    Food waste reduction is also part of a climate strategy to prevent waste disposal in landfills. Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of food and yard waste (collectively known as organic waste) in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. When landfilled, organic waste emits methane gas, a short-lived climate pollutant 70 times more powerful than CO2. California recently enacted SB 1383, which mandates the diversion of 50 percent of currently landfilled food and yard waste by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025, using a 2014 baseline. The law also establishes a  target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025.

    Food waste alone accounts for approximately 18 percent of total landfill disposal. Increasing food waste prevention and edible food rescue will benefit Californians who are unable to secure adequate, healthy food by diverting edible food to food banks and pantries, and help reduce methane emissions from organic waste disposed in California’s landfills.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Sep 10, 2018