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

  • Tips from the U.S. EPA to Cut Holiday Food Waste

    Get Smart: Take the Food Waste Challenge

    See how much food (and money) you are really throwing away every week by measuring (by volume or weight) your edible and preventable food waste for six weeks. That may seem like a pain, but the U.S. EPA found that it’s hard to achieve food waste reduction if you don’t actually measure how much you are throwing away and identify why you couldn’t eat what you bought. Those who participated in this challenge noted it had a big impact on their shopping and cooking plans and helped them reduce wasted food.

    Smart Shopping: Shop with Meals in Mind and Your Calendar in Hand

    We all do it—shop for home-cooked meals and then opt to dine out or do take-out instead. To reduce food waste, be realistic about how many meals you will actually cook at home.

    Smart Storage: Store Food for Maximum Freshness

    Food waste often occurs because we are improperly storing our fruits and vegetables. Many fruits give off natural gases that hasten the spoilage of other nearby produce, and it’s helpful to know which items should be stored inside and outside the fridge to maximize shelf life.

    Smart Prep: Prep Now, Eat Later

    One of the biggest reasons people don’t eat what they buy is that their cooking time is limited on weeknights. Taking a few moments to prepare your food after purchasing it will make it easier to whip up meals later.

    Smart Saving: Eat First!

    Sometimes our own refrigerators are so full that it’s difficult to clearly identify foods that should be eaten first. Counteract this by managing your fridge more efficiently and designating a space for foods that should be eaten relatively soon.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Dec 13, 2018

  • Five CalRecycle Webpages You Should Know About

    CalRecycle’s website has more than 3,000 webpages to educate consumers, government entities, and business owners about responsible waste management and recycling. Chances are you come to our website looking for something specific, like where to recycle certain items or information about a newly implemented recycling law. Here is a list of other useful CalRecycle webpages.

    Recycling Starter Kits

    Did you know CalRecycle will send you a free starter kit? Whether you’re a schoolteacher or a private business owner, we will send you a complimentary black bin to collect California Refund Value (CRV) beverage containers.

    Green Building

    CalRecycle features an entire section of webpages dedicated to educating visitors about green building principles. Browse through case studies that describe how businesses have incorporated these into their building management plans. You can search the case studies by category, making it easy for homeowners, retail business owners, school facility managers, and large venue managers to find helpful information about sustainable buildings.

    Wastes Banned from the Trash

    Certain things just shouldn’t be tossed out carelessly. In fact, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground? Chemicals in hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air and water, and possibly the food we eat. Learn how to manage light bulbs, batteries, electronic devices, paint, and used oil in a responsible way.

    Backyard Composting DIY

    The best way to recycle your food waste is to compost it. If you have a curbside organics collection service that allows food waste, you can toss in those onion peels and apple cores. If not, you can start your own backyard composting bin. Compost adds nutrients to soil that benefit plants, and it increases soil’s water retention capacity, which is especially helpful during drought seasons. This webpage includes a recipe for compost, troubleshooting tips, and a guide to building your own composting bin.

    Waste Reduction

    Recycling is great, but preventing waste from being generated is even better. Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn how to reduce waste at home, at work, at school, and at special events. You can even find case studies that feature efforts to reduce and divert waste at events and sites throughout the state.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Nov 1, 2018

  • Celebrating Earth Day and National Volunteer Month

    This year, Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22. Californians throughout the state are gathering to celebrate the great outdoors with picnics, environmental fairs, and cleanup projects at state parks, beaches, and waterways. These events are a great way to celebrate both Earth Day and National Volunteer Month! Local governments and state parks often rely upon volunteers to help clean up public areas like beaches and picnic areas. Check out these events throughout the state, and don’t forget to bring your own bucket, gloves, sunscreen, water, and a snack.

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    In Los Angeles, Heal the Bay volunteers have cleaned up 1,194,587 plastic-related items, 614,205 smoking-related items, and 556,995 pieces of Styrofoam along the California coastline over the past 10 years. This year’s cleanup event is on April 21 in Santa Monica.

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    In Mission Viejo, volunteers will gather on Sunday, April 22, to plant drought-resistant trees and shrubs in their city and clean up litter along the way. The project starts at 8 a.m. and continues until lunchtime. At the same time, a Green Expo is being held on Mustang Run.

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    The 14th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach includes a beach cleanup and creek restoration. After the cleanup, you can celebrate Earth Day with music, dance, and art made from natural materials collected from the beach. 

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    Pacifica Beach hosts an impressive event on Saturday, April 21, that starts with beach cleanups from Daly City to Half Moon Bay and then transitions into an EcoFest at Linda Mar State Beach. Last year, more than 6,800 volunteers removed nearly 2 tons of trash, half a ton of recyclables, and 15,422 cigarette butts! 

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    On Saturday, April 28, you can volunteer at 16 different sites in Castro Valley. Projects include planting, weed abatement, trimming, mulch application, and litter cleanup. Ten schools are also participating in this effort to beautify the Castro Valley region. 

    Check out our Earth Day page of events to find an Earth Day celebration near you and look for ways to volunteer in the name of Mother Earth!

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Apr 19, 2018