• 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)
  • Recycling Matters More than Ever. Here's Why

    More. It’s one of baby’s first words and baby’s first wants. More milk. More food. More fun. More stuff. That primal pursuit of “more” typically grows with age. We buy. We collect. We throw away. In a state of nearly 40 million people this translates to a lot of waste. Californians send about 38 million tons of stuff to landfills each year. Full story…
    (Posted by Lance Klug on Jan 6, 2020)
  • What I Learned Working on Disaster Debris Removal

    It’s been a year of firsts for me. As the newest information officer in CalRecycle’s Office of Public Affairs, it’s my job to tell CalRecycle’s stories. But before joining the Office of Public Affairs team, I was the finance chief for the Camp Fire debris removal project. I’ll have a lifetime of stories to tell about my work on the Camp Fire—and the first is how this challenge was the best I’ve ever accepted. Full story…
    (Posted by Chris McSwain on Dec 30, 2019)
  • Eco Holiday Habits to Get on Santa's Nice List

    During the holidays many of us gather to share special meals, exchange gifts, and enjoy ourselves. As you prepare to host gatherings for your loved ones, consider how your celebrations create waste that contributes to climate change and adds to the growing amount of plastic in landfills. Are you being naughty or nice to the planet? Full story…
    (Posted by Syd Fong on Dec 23, 2019)
  • Save or Splurge on Holiday Experience Gifts: Collect Memories, Not Excess Stuff

    The holidays are upon us, and many of us are scrambling to find the perfect gift for the important people in our lives. Consider Mother Nature this year and give experience gifts instead. Packaging makes up about 25 percent of California’s trash, and swapping out just a few items on your list in favor of an experience gift can make a difference. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Dec 13, 2019)