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

  • Fact Check: What Affected Homeowners Should Know About Wildfire Debris Removal

    Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery are making significant progress clearing debris from private properties destroyed by the Carr Fire in Shasta County and the Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County. CalRecycle-managed crews are also set to begin debris removal on homes destroyed by the Mendocino Complex and Pawnee fires in Lake County.

    Residents who wish to take advantage of the state-run debris removal program pay no out-of-pocket costs but are required to return signed right-of-entry agreements to their local governments before crews can begin work.

    Incident Right-of-Entry Deadline
    Klamathon Fire (Siskiyou County) Passed (Contact your local government)
    Carr Fire (Shasta County/City of Redding) Sept. 30, 2018
    Mendocino Complex Fire (Lake County) Sept. 28, 2018
    Pawnee Fire (Lake County) Sept. 28, 2018

    CalRecycle manages California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and local governments. Here are other key facts about the program:

    • California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is entirely state-run and managed by CalRecycle experts with more than a decade of experience in disaster debris removal.
    • The state-run program covers asbestos testing and removal; site assessments and documentation; removal of all burned debris, foundations, ash, and contaminated soil; air monitoring and dust control; soil sampling; soil re-scraping (as needed); erosion control installation; and final inspection.
    • State-managed crews follow stringent health and safety standards to help rebuild communities to the highest standards and prevent additional harm during the cleanup process.
    • Private cleanups are required to follow the same health, safety, and environmental standards as state-managed cleanups; this should be factored into any private cleanup cost estimates.
    • Over the past 15 disaster debris removal operations, the average cost per lot for CalRecycle-managed cleanups was $74,958. Per-lot costs can vary dramatically depending on geographic distribution, structures per site, access issues, environmental conditions, and distance to an acceptable disposal facility.
    • CalRecycle documents the amount of material removed, trucked, and disposed from each property to ensure fiscal and operational accountability.
    • There are no out-of-pocket costs to participating homeowners, regardless of actual cleanup costs or residential insurance coverage
    • Homeowners with insurance that specifically covers debris removal may be required to remit the portion of the insurance claim payments that are specifically reserved for that activity.
    • Property owners may be able to first utilize debris removal insurance proceeds for debris removal work that is outside the scope of the state-managed program, such as the removal of pools and driveways, and trees/fencing/outbuildings outside the ash footprint. Contact your insurance provider for specifics on your policy.

    Get answers to any remaining debris removal questions by contacting representatives at the Debris Removal Operations Center in your community.

    Shasta Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    1300 Hilltop Drive
    Redding, CA 96003

    Siskiyou Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    1312 Fairlane Road
    Yreka, CA 96097

    Lake Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    898 Lakeport Boulevard
    Lakeport, CA 96453

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Sep 18, 2018

  • CalRecycle Prepares New Round of Food Waste Prevention/Rescue Climate Investments

    The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is set to move forward with eligibility and scoring criteria changes to enhance the department’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. Proposed changes would expand the potential pool of applicants and stress the importance of job creation, training, and public outreach and education within California’s disadvantaged communities.

    The requested adjustments to eligibility, scoring criteria, and evaluation for the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program come ahead of a new FY 2018-19 grant cycle in which $5.7 million has been allocated to the California Climate Investments program. Earlier this year, CalRecycle announced the first award recipients for its new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. As part of California’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change, CalRecycle awarded $9.4 million to 31 projects throughout the state that:

    • Decrease the estimated 6 million tons of food waste landfilled in California each year, and
    • Increase 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.

    CalRecycle’s upcoming public meeting will also feature new information about payment rates in California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program and important updates about the state’s mattress and paint stewardship programs.

    CalRecycle September 2018 Public Meeting
    10 a.m. Tuesday, September 18
    Coastal Hearing Room, CalEPA Building
    1001 I St., Sacramento, CA

    You can find the full agenda for CalRecycle’s September 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 on Sep 14, 2018

  • The Garbage Bin: It’s Not for Just Any Old Thing

    It might seem like you should be able to throw anything in your garbage bin, close the lid, roll it to the curb, and be done with it. That’s the service you’re paying the “hauler” for, right? To haul away all the stuff you don’t want anymore?

    Actually, no.

    Many household items are potentially hazardous for sanitation workers to handle and transport. They can also pose environmental hazards if they end up in a landfill. While it would be nice to be able to toss your dead batteries, used motor oil, and half-empty paint cans into the bin, your local hauler is not equipped to handle those items, known as household hazardous waste. You can’t put them in your recycling bin, either, for many of the same reasons.

    Here is a quick list of waste that’s banned from the trash bin and the recycling bin.

    • Batteries, including alkaline and lithium-ion, rechargeable and single-use, car batteries, and any other batteries.
    • Fluorescent lamps and tubes, including fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, and sodium vapor lamps.
    • Electronic devices, including computers, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and microwave ovens.
    • Sharps and medical waste
    • Pesticides and herbicides
    • Paints and solvents, including latex paint, oil-based paint, and paint thinner
    • Treated wood
    • Motor oil and filters

    Check Earth911’s search page to find out where to take these materials, and use our Where to Recycle map to find a used oil recycling center near you. You can also check our Local Government Household Hazardous Waste Websites directory. Some local governments offer HHW pickup, so check with yours about available services.

    Sure, doing a little research and then perhaps carting your own trash around is not as convenient as simply rolling it to the curb, but each of us has a responsibility to recycle right. You’ll be doing your part to protect the environment and the workers who handle your waste.

    For more detailed information, see our Wastes Banned from the Trash webpage.

    Posted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Sep 12, 2018