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

  • Zero Waste? Just a Picnic in the Park.

    CalRecycle staff sorting trash

     

    When CalRecycle staffers met up for the recent annual summer picnics, it was not all about the food and fun. Bragging rights were also up for grab between the Sacramento and Southern California employees.

    This was all about the zero waste competition to see which group of CalRecycle staffers created less waste at their picnic event.

    The social committees and zero waste team coordinated the competition, asking attendees to bring their reusable plates, utensils, and cups. Those who forgot to bring those items were able the rent a mess kit for $1.

    Each picnic event had stations for waste, compost, and recycling. Food waste was composted, excess food was donated to a local charity, and cans and plastic bottles were recycled.

    The remaining waste was weighed and divided by the number of attendees to come up with a comparable metric for the two picnics: per capita disposal, or the amount of waste per person.

    Now, on to the results. With a total of .011 lbs. of waste per person, the winner of the 2019 competition was … Southern California!

    Sacramento came oh-so-close with .013 lbs. of waste per person.

    In all, CalRecycle staff diverted 91.9 lbs. of waste from this year’s annual picnics, which is a major reduction from the 2018 total of 139.9 lbs. So, in many ways, everyone who participated was truly a winner.  

    Here’s video of the Sacramento picnic.When CalRecycle staffers met up for the recent annual summer picnics, it was not all about the food and fun. Bragging rights were also up for grab between the Sacramento and Southern California employees. Here’s video of the Sacramento picnic. 

     

    Zero waste picnic

     

    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on Sep 5, 2019

  • Sacramento Launches New Recycling App

    Sacramento Recylcing App

    Do you walk around your house and wonder if a certain item in your kitchen or your bathroom is recyclable or not? Well, the City of Sacramento is trying to make the decision-making process a whole lot easier. On Earth Day, the city officially launched the SacRecycle app, designed to provide quick access to recycling tips.

    A main component of the app is the Waste Wizard, which is a database of hundreds of household items. You can use the app to see if an item is recyclable and learn about proper disposal methods.

    The SacRecycle app also features garbage, recycling, street sweeping, and yard waste calendars, along with an interactive waste-sorting game for kids.

    The app works on both Apple and Android devices. Sacramento residents, check it out and share it with your family and friends!  

    Here’s a video with more information about the SacRecycle app.  

    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on Aug 26, 2019

  • Santa Barbara County Uses CalRecycle Grant Funds to Rebuild Roadway with Recycled Tires

     

    Santa Barbara County builds retaining wall with recycled tires

    How do you repurpose 81,000 recycled tires? Well, use them to create a new retaining wall, of course. 

    That’s what happened with a recent road stabilization project in Santa Barbara County.  This unique application utilized 810 tons of tire-derived aggregate to backfill a retaining wall composed of large, rock-filled, welded wire baskets called gabions. 

    In March 2018, CalRecycle awarded the county $158,241 in Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program funds to purchase the TDA material. 

    Prior to the project, failed soil in the embankment caused erosion to the old roadway and shoulder. The ongoing failure also created large cracks in the asphalt surface.

    But the new retaining wall is expected to have longer staying power due to the TDA material. UC San Diego researched the road repair technique and determined that TDA is seismically safe for retaining walls and for road repairs and will not degrade due to poor underlying soils or saturated conditions.

    For more information about this project, read our press release and watch our video, which includes some outstanding drone shots recorded by Santa Barbara County Public Works.  


    Santa Barbara TDA Roadway Repair Project YouTube

    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on Aug 8, 2019