• New Pharmaceutical and Home-Generated Sharps Waste Rulemaking to Begin this Fall

    Every year, Californians use hundreds of millions of medical sharps such as syringes and lancets, and they obtain hundreds of millions of medical prescriptions. Improperly disposed medications can threaten the environment, wildlife, waste handlers, and the public through water contamination, inadvertent needle sticks, and drug abuse. State lawmakers have offered a solution by passing Senate Bill 212 (Jackson, Chapter 1004, Statutes of 2018), the Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship Act. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Oct 3, 2019)
  • Managing Food Waste with Bugs

    On the UC Davis campus, a group of researchers is breeding lots of bugs. I mean, a lot. The university researchers are exploring how to use black soldier fly larvae to break down organic waste—like almonds, wine waste, and tomatoes—and convert it into useful products. Full story…
    (Posted by Syd Fong on Sep 30, 2019)
  • Reducing is the New Recycling

    Sometime in the last year, I had an epiphany: It’s not enough to simply recycle. I must figure out a way to reduce the amount of waste I generate. It can be hard, but I decided to take it one step at a time. Here are a couple of things I have learned along my way to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Sep 23, 2019)
  • CalRecycle Grant Helps Fund Cleanup of Illegal Dumpsite

    A three-day cleanup project along a watershed in western Marin County resulted in the removal of tires, television screens, paint cans, and some other interesting items. Full story…
    (Posted by Syd Fong on Sep 18, 2019)
  • Save the Guac!

    Today is National Guacamole Day. Now, I know it’s basically a sin to waste guacamole, but sometimes it’s hard to eat it all before it turns brown. Some folks swear by laying down a thin layer of plastic cling wrap over a bowl of guacamole to prevent it from browning, but that’s not the most sustainable option and creates unnecessary waste. Reduce your food waste by learning how to store avocados and preserve guacamole so it doesn’t turn an unappetizing shade of brown before you can get back to it. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Sep 16, 2019)
  • How to Win at Videogaming? Recycle E-Waste!

    What kind of waste is a video game console? E-waste! An easy way to think of e-waste is an item (or an accessory to the item) that has a battery or a power cord. Don’t forget to use the waste hierarchy: reduce, then reuse, then recycle. Full story…
    (Posted by Victoria Ngo on Sep 12, 2019)