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

  • 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

  • Eco-Friendly Autumn Checklist

    Eco-Friendly Autumn Checklist
    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Sep 21, 2018

  • The Real Price of That Shirt

    You’re standing in a retail store and holding up a cotton shirt, thinking that it looks like it’s made from two yards of material, and that’s it.

    Not so. What it’s really made from is more than 700 gallons of water to grow the cotton for that material, plus fertilizers, and chemical dyes. You can also factor in about 4.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions—the equivalent of driving a car for about 10 miles—expended in the manufacturing process. (The emissions from manufacturing a synthetic shirt are even higher.) No matter how much money you spend on the shirt, there’s also the environmental price.

    To make things worse, if that shirt isn’t made well or you just grow tired of it, you might dispose of it fairly quickly and buy a replacement, starting the process all over again. And, unfortunately, you’re not the only one. A  CalRecycle study determined that 1.24 million tons of textiles (defined as items made of thread, yarn, fabric, or cloth) were disposed in California landfills in 2014, making textiles one of the most prevalent material types in the state’s disposed waste stream.

    What can be done to stop this cycle?

    Shop carefully. Check to ensure the article is made to last, and think twice about buying something that will likely be out of style next year. Consider clothing made by manufacturers who offer warranties. Some will even take their clothing back when it’s worn out!

    CalRecycle has recently updated its  textiles recycling webpage with information on what to do with clothes you don’t want anymore and how to change your purchasing habits. Take a look—for the sake of your pocketbook and our environment!

    shirts on hangars
    Posted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Aug 13, 2018