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

  • Trick or Treat?

    Eco-Friendly Options for Halloween

    All those decorations and costumes can be terrifyingly tempting to purchase this Halloween. Plus, those single-use spider webs, silly straws, and synthetic fabric costumes are so convenient. But, all those festive items don’t end up resting in peace in a landfill—they live disturbingly in dreadful dumps for many years, sometimes an eternity. Here’s how you can make a smart choice between a tricky item and a treat.

    spider webs


    Single-use spider webs are realistic, but they’re also made from petrifying polyester and are meant to only be used one time. Sure, you can try using them again, but you end up with clumps of sticky strands. Try using yarn to make reusable spider webs for your horrifying haunted house.

    Playing Dress-Up

    Dressing up is arguably the best part of Halloween, and opting for reusable and higher-quality costumes and accessories can ensure you have a good time every year. Instead of purchasing fast-fashion costumes that won’t last, consider making costumes from things you already have around your house. 

    S-carry On

    Sure, the plastic pumpkin has been a Halloween staple for trick-or-treaters to carry their ghoulish goodies, but how about going old-school and using a pillowcase instead? Add some decorations for a frightfully festive look.

    Light the Night

    Glow sticks are creepily cool and are a safer alternative to candles in your jack-o’-lanterns, but like other Halloween decorations, they’re made to only be used one time. Use small, battery-powered “candles” instead or flashlights when lighting up the night. (Don’t forget to use rechargeable batteries!)

    Ghost Host

    If you’re hosting a party this year, invite people through text or social media, or in person. Skip the paper invitations, especially those made with items that are not easily recyclable like gruesome glitter, petrifying plastic, or frightening foil.


    Eat, Drink, and Be Scary

    Ditch those disposables! Leave the paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic cups, and straws at the store and use your everyday plates, cups, and utensils. Go the extra step with cloth napkins.

    Well, bats all folks. Until next HalloGREEN!

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Oct 22, 2018

  • CalRecycle Considers New Carpet Recycling Stewardship Plan

    With nearly 40 million people living in 13 million households, California goes through a lot of carpet. More than 90 million square yards are sold in the state each year. According to CalRecycle’s most recent statewide waste characterization study, discarded carpet accounts for nearly 2 percent of the waste disposed in California, or roughly 570,000 tons of disposed material each year.

    In 2010, California established the first mandatory carpet stewardship program in the country to make carpet manufacturers responsible for the end-of-life management of their product. At its October 2018 public meeting, CalRecycle will exercise its responsibility under AB 2398 (Perez, Chapter 681, Statutes of 2010) and consider whether the industry stewardship organization Carpet America Recovery Effort is taking sufficient actions in its proposed California Carpet Stewardship Plan for 2018-2022 to meet California’s 24 percent carpet recycling goal.

    In addition to consideration of the carpet stewardship plan, CalRecycle staff are expected to:

    • Announce new Recycling Market Development Zone and California Climate Investment loans to boost recycling infrastructure in California
    • Provide updates on CalRecycle’s new electronic reporting system for disposal and recycling facilities
    • Share new data from California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program, including updated recycling rates for CRV bottles and cans

    CalRecycle October 2018 Public Meeting
    10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
    Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA Building
    1001 I St., Sacramento, CA

    You can find the full agenda for CalRecycle’s October public meeting here. If you can’t make it in person, join us by webcast (the link will go live shortly before the meeting begins).

    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Oct 15, 2018

  • Treat Yo’self and the Environment: Part II

    A How-to on Self-Care for You and the Planet

    If you’ve ever felt like screaming at the top of your lungs in frustration or felt so drained you just couldn’t seem to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, you may be in need of some serious self-TLC. It’s important to make time to do something for yourself so you can recharge and start tackling the world again. Here are some ways you can reconnect with yourself without leaving a giant footprint on the planet.

    Breathe In and Smell the Roses

    Few of us take the time to really focus on our breathing because it’s automatic, but breathing deeply can have a big impact on your physical and mental well-being. Practice square breathing (or your technique of choice) in your garden or another place you feel comfortable. If you want to go that extra mile, plant a tree, flowers, or other greenery. Plants are known to suck in all that “bad” air and provide us with clean oxygen to breathe. How selfless of them! When you feel like you’ve mastered your breathing technique, you can really stop and smell those roses.

    Unplug: FOMO No Mo

    How often do you find yourself grabbing your phone because you thought you heard it? Or, how many times do you go online to check your social media because you think you’re missing out on something? We’ve all been there! Schedule a day without your phone, computer, TV, or radio, and then let your friends and family know you’ll be offline (unless there’s an emergency). If you can’t go a whole day, try just a few hours. Make sure you put your electronics away between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. to give yourself some time away from the alerts, photos, lights, and drama that come with technology. It’ll be difficult at first, but you’ll see how much better you feel when you’re not a slave to your phone. Literally unplugging will save energy on your phone and computer, and on any other unused appliances around your home. Ever heard of vampire energy?

    Get Moving

    Movement is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental wellbeing, especially when you find something that works for you. Go online and look for exercise classes in your area. Then ride your bike, walk, or carpool there with your workout buddy. Many cities have free yoga classes in the park, or you can get trial passes at local gyms. Many gyms want you to try out their facilities, so you can ask for a free weekly pass and hop around until you find one that suits you needs. The best parts about this are 1) trials are often free, 2) you’re getting exercise, and 3) you’re not negatively affecting the environment by making waste, especially if you use alternative modes of transportation.

    Get Crafty

    Building or making things often gives us confidence, which feels great, right? Try getting crafty with salvaged items from your home, thrift shops, or yard sales, or from found items. Our Pinterest page has lots of upcycle ideas, from everyday projects to special occasion projects that can turn your home into a showplace and make you feel proud. If you get really good, you can give away or sell your items so everyone can enjoy them. And who doesn’t love getting a compliment on something they created? As always, exercise safety and caution when salvaging items.

    Again, self-care can play a big part in mental, physical, and relationship health. While it may seem selfish, carving out time to do things you enjoy—whatever those activities are—can make a big difference in your mood and help you deal with life’s stressors. The most important part is to find something that works for you as an individual, and of course, take


    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Sep 26, 2018