• Plastic Recycling Gets a Legal Boost: World’s Highest Standard for Recycled Content Could Drive Up Demand

    California just took an historic step to combat plastic pollution and accelerate the state’s transition away from fossil fuels to a cleaner, green economy. Under a first-in-the-nation law, the state will require new water, soda, and other beverage bottles to contain 50 percent recycled plastic by 2030. Full story…
    (Posted by Linda Mumma on Oct 20, 2020)
  • Eight Ways to Stretch Your Food While Quarantined

    Most of us are sheltering-in-place right now, having already stocked up on non-perishable canned and frozen food. Since every foray into society could bring exposure to COVID-19, consider ways to maximize the food you have to last as long as possible and save you trips to the grocery store. It will also help you reduce food waste, a major contributor of greenhouse gases coming out of landfills. Full story…
    (Posted by CalRecycle Staff on Mar 23, 2020)
  • Engaging Community to Achieve Environmental Justice

    Government employees know how to address environmental crises; but, unless we live in communities with contaminated drinking water, searing heat waves, and pollution-induced asthma attacks, we can never truly understand the lives shaped by environmental injustice. Lower-income populations experience greater pollution burdens because community members are often not involved in the government approval decision-making process of polluting facilities proposed for their neighborhoods. Full story…
    (Posted by Tom Steel on Feb 6, 2020)
  • Be the Change: Tina's Story

    CalRecycle's Tina Chambers is an Executive Assistant and combines her passion for the environment with her communication skills to protect California's public health. Check out this video for a glimpse into her job and what she enjoys about working at CalRecycle. Full story…
    (Posted by Syd Fong on Feb 3, 2020)
  • Why We Still Need to Recycle Bottles and Cans

    Since 1986 California has kept 400 billion plastic, glass, aluminum, and bi-metal containers out of our landfills and off our streets by recycling them. Despite our recent loss in the number of conveniently located recycling centers because of dips in the global aluminum scrap market, California still recycled around 18.5 billion beverage containers in 2019. By continuing our commitment to recycling, we can keep these materials from adding to pollution and our already growing landfills. Full story…
    (Posted by Heather Jones on Jan 27, 2020)
  • Still a Recycling Leader, California Recycles the Second-Highest Number of Bottles and Cans Ever

    The U.S. EPA released new recycling statistics that illustrate that California remains a nationwide leader with a recycling rate year after year above the nation's average of 33%. Last year California recycled the second highest number of bottles and cans in the state's history. Full story…
    (Posted by Lance Klug on Dec 10, 2019)