CalRecycle Prepares New Round of Food Waste Prevention/Rescue Climate Investments
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is set to move forward with eligibility and scoring criteria changes to enhance the department’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. Proposed changes would expand the potential pool of applicants and stress the importance of job creation, training, and public outreach and education within California’s disadvantaged communities.
The requested adjustments to eligibility, scoring criteria, and evaluation for the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program come ahead of a new FY 2018-19 grant cycle in which $5.7 million has been allocated to the California Climate Investments program. Earlier this year, CalRecycle announced the first award recipients for its new Food 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.
CalRecycle’s upcoming public meeting will also feature new information about payment rates in California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program and important updates about the state’s mattress and paint stewardship programs.
CalRecycle September 2018 Public Meeting
10 a.m. Tuesday, September 18
Coastal Hearing Room, CalEPA Building
1001 I St., Sacramento, CA