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

  • CalRecycle Cleanup Grants Announced

    Resighini Rancheria to Receive Nearly $50,000 for Floodplain Cleanup

    The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded the Resighini Rancheria a $49,237 Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement grant to clear an illegal dumpsite in the Klamath River estuary. The remote property on a Klamath River floodplain is currently home to illegally dumped vehicles, trailers, boats, appliances, propane tanks, tires, and other debris. In addition to the effects on wildlife, the stripped vehicles and appliances have increased contamination concerns on the property, which is zoned for agricultural use.

    The Resighini Rancheria will use grant funds to remediate the property and take steps to prevent illegal dumping in the future.

    These items were part of the clutter at an illegal dumpsite on the Klamath River estuary within the Resighini Rancheria.

    CalRecycle also awarded the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District a $5,630 Farm and Ranch Cleanup grant to clear tires, wire, metal, wood waste, furniture, and other household trash illegally dumped near the Mariposa County community of Jerseydale. U.S. Forest Service workers came across the half-acre site within the Sierra National Forest and requested cleanup assistance from the district. The land is typically used for a variety of recreational and agriculture uses including seasonal cattle grazing, hunting, and hiking.

    CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program provides up to $1 million annually for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property where the owner is not responsible for the illegal disposal. Under the program, cities, counties, federally recognized Native American tribes, and resource conservation districts may apply for up to $200,000 per fiscal year but no more than $50,000 per site. Grants are funded through the state’s Integrated Waste Management Account, Tire Recycling Management Fund, and Used Oil Recycling Fund.

    Get automatic updates on new grant cycles, awards, and funding availability by subscribing to CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Cleanup Grant listserv.

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

  • Waste Characterization Studies: The Video

    Last week, we wrote about How Waste Characterization Studies Work. Now, in technicolor and right on your own computer screen, we bring you the video.


    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Oct 25, 2018

  • It’s a Dirty Job, but Someone’s Gotta Do It!

    How Waste Characterization Studies Work

    Who wants to dig through anyone’s trash? Well, we do! Sort of ...

    In an ideal world we wouldn’t have waste, but as long as we do, we gather as much information as we can from the material Californians throw away. Every few years CalRecycle conducts a waste characterization study, which provides us with information about what goes to California landfills.

    How does it work?

    We contact waste management companies throughout California that are willing to participate in the study. A work station with labeled bins is set up at a transfer station, material recovery facility, or landfill. A load of trash, often in garbage bags, is spread onto a sorting table where our CalRecycle contractors pick through each piece of individual trash and places it in the designated bin. Once every piece of waste is sorted into its bin, the material in each bin is weighed and documented. Then another load of trash is placed on the sorting table, and the process starts all over again until the designated amount of waste is sorted.

    What do we do with the data?

    We collect all the data, write a report, and make the report public so anyone can visit our website and see exactly what California throws away. The data is used to inform waste management policies and laws. We also use it for our education and outreach programs.

    Why is this study important?

    Information is a good thing, especially when it is collected and analyzed in a scientific manner. We share our waste characterization data not only with the public, but also with lawmakers who propose and pass waste-management laws in California. California often leads the way when it comes to policy change in the United States. We use this data collected from the study to start positively affecting climate change and pollution. We can also find out how much food is being wasted to help prevent future waste while also creating programs to feed the hungry.

    Working at CalRecycle affords me the opportunity to participate in waste characterization studies—to an extent. I don’t pick through the trash, categorize it, or analyze the results, but I do get up close and personal by documenting the process in photos. I also get to use the statistics from the study to inform the public. Sure, I know it sounds glamorous, but there are some downsides. Not only is the smell sobering, but so are the mounds and mounds of wasted food— and that’s just one type of waste. There are many more! The good news is, conducting these studies can help us promote food recovery programs that can get edible food to the 1 in 5 Californians who are food-insecure.

    So the next time you toss that trash, just know we’re on the other side picking through it to find out what California wastes and how we can prevent it.

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Oct 18, 2018