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

  • California Fights Climate Change by Feeding the Hungry

    $9.4 Million Awarded to 31 Projects that Feed Californians, Reduce Food Waste 

    Media Contact: Lance Klug
    (916) 341-6293


    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has announced the first award recipients for its newFood 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. 

    “Bolstering California’s food recovery infrastructure will help feed communities in need, create new jobs, and result in significant greenhouse gas reductions,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Our hope is that these programs will inspire similar efforts throughout California.”

    CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    To be eligible for grant funding, projects must be located in California; result in permanent, annual, and measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; and increase the quantity of California-generated food materials prevented, reduced, or rescued from disposal. Note: Many of the following grant recipients serve multiple counties.

    Here is a list of the grant funding recipients:

    • Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Alameda County: $500,00
    • Associated Students, Inc., Los Angeles County: $65,340
    • City of Riverside, Riverside County: $209,736
    • City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, $100,000
    • Cityteam-Oakland, Alameda County: $96,429
    • Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, San Luis Obispo County: $100,000
    • Food Bank for Monterey County, Monterey County: $475,072
    • Food Finders, Inc., Los Angeles County: $100,000
    • Food Forward, Los Angeles County: $500,000
    • Jesus Provides Our Daily Bread dba Jesus Center, Butte County: $499,789
    • Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, Santa Clara County: $313,000
    • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Los Angeles County: $386,960
    • ProduceGood, San Diego County: $100,000
    • Re-plate, Inc., Alameda County: $299,100
    • San Diego Food System Alliance, a Fiscal Project of Leah’s Pantry, San Diego County: $500,000
    • St. Francis Center, Los Angeles County: $100,000
    • The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles County: $100,000
    • University of California, Merced, Merced County: $100,000
    • *Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOC,Merced County: $339,574
    • White Pony Express, Contra Costa County: $115,000

    Total (FY 2016-2017 Funds): $5,000,000

    • City of Culver City, Los Angeles County: $497,144
    • City of Richmond, Contra Costa County: $327,500
    • Desert Manna, San Bernardino County: $470,450
    • El Dorado County: $277,140
    • Fresno Metropolitan Ministry, Fresno County: $500,000
    • Imperial Valley Food Bank, Imperial County: $500,000
    • Kern County: $191,963
    • Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Los Angeles County: $375,206
    • Peninsula Food Runners, San Francisco County: $200,000
    • Strong Food/L.A. Kitchen, Inc., Los Angeles County: $389,387
    • Ventura County: $499,293
    • *Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOC,Orange County: $160,426

    Total (FY 2017-2018 Funds): $4,388,509

    *Project funded with combination of FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 allocations


    Eligible applicants for CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program include cities, counties, and other local agencies; businesses; California universities and colleges; nonprofit organizations; and qualifying Indian Tribes. Applicants may submit cooperative or regional applications with no more than four participants to achieve food recovery projections. 

    Find out more about CalRecycle’s California Climate Investments grants and loans and read stories from other grant recipients about how they’re putting Cap-and-Trade dollars to work for California’s economy, environment, and the health of our communities.

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Feb 1, 2018

  • Thanksgiving Tips for a Big Meal With Little Waste

    Thanksgiving dinner can be a major production, but that doesn’t mean there has to be a lot of waste involved. We’ve compiled a few tips to keep you from ending up sending excess food and other potential waste to landfills after the big meal.

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Nov 16, 2017

  • Preserving Food and Protecting Good Samaritans

    California is one of the largest food-producing states in the nation, yet 1 in 8 Californians faces food insecurity. This is all the more frustrating given we throw away more than 5.5 million tons of food every year and much of it is still edible, wholesome, and safe for consumption. Food labels often confuse consumers, which either leads them to toss food into the trash prematurely or discourages them from donating it.

    But help is on the way! Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 1219 (Eggman, Chapter 619, Statutes of 2017), the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. This law helps clarify protections for food donors, who sometimes hesitate to donate food for fear of civil and criminal liability.

    What many don’t know is that food with an expired “sell by” date can still be safe to eat and safe to donate. This date is primarily intended for retailers to help them track when a product should be sold or removed from a shelf. It is not a “don’t use after” date. AB 1219 aims to increase food donations by clarifying and increasing liability protections for donors.

    The law will provide liability protection for:

    • food donations that have exceeded the sell-by date,
    • food donations that are made directly to end-users (rather than through a nonprofit food recovery intermediary), and
    • “gleaners” who harvest directly from an agricultural crop that has been donated by the owner.

    The bill aims to reduce the amount of food we throw away and divert it to those in our state who need it most. AB 1219 clarifies the scope and provisions outlined in existing California laws and the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, a federal law signed into effect by President Bill Clinton in 1996.


    Diverting food waste from landfills has environmental benefits as well. Food waste comprises about 18 percent of the material disposed in California landfills, the highest amount of any material. When food waste is landfilled, it decomposes and emits methane gas, a super pollutant that intensifies climate change. Climate change impacts California’s air quality, threatens our economy including food production, and contributes to an increase in health afflictions like asthma.

    Simply put, diverting food waste from landfills helps protect public health by combatting food insecurity and fighting climate change. Every ton of food diverted from a landfill prevents 2.08 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from being released into the atmosphere.

    CalRecycle is providing $5 million in grants this year through its Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Programs. These efforts are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that uses cap-and-trade funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment. To learn more about food rescue efforts and food banks, visit CalRecycle’s website

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Oct 30, 2017