• Lettuce in Landfills Leads to Climate Change

    Landfilled organic materials (like landscape trimmings and food waste) produce methane gas, which is a short-lived climate pollutant that negatively affects our environment and contributes to changes in Earth’s temperature and weather patterns. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Mar 9, 2017)
  • Food for Thought

    The Union of Concerned Scientists posted a blog entry recently about the “local food” movement and its impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Its non-intuitive conclusion, including some mind-blowing number-crunching about home composting, is a reminder for us all to practice critical thinking and science-based inquiry. Full story…
    (Posted by CalRecycle Staff on Feb 13, 2017)
  • What would you like your food waste to become?

    Here in California, we’re forging ahead with strategies to reduce food waste, which creates greenhouse gas in landfills, and put the resources we have to their best and highest uses. Full story…
    (Posted by Heather Jones on Feb 6, 2017)
  • Waste Disposal Rate Inches Up as California Economy Improves

    While landfilling is typically considered cheaper than recycling, the costs of recycling do not accurately reflect the money saved by reduced greenhouse gas emissions; money saved by using recycled feedstock as opposed to virgin feedstock in material production; and the money saved on water and fertilizer for agricultural production when organic material is recycled into compost and applied to soil, making it more nutrient-rich and better able to retain moisture. Full story…
    (Posted by CalRecycle Staff on Jul 21, 2016)
  • A Compost Bin for Every Challenge

    I live on a raccoon superhighway. We’re pretty close to a river and a creek, and the savvy critters use the storm drains to travel. This is fun for me and my neighbors—we get to see them shimmying up trees late at night, and sometimes they bring their little ones to the neighbor’s koi pond so they can learn to fish. Full story…
    (Posted by Lisa Garner on Jun 9, 2016)
  • The Greening of Commercial Compost

    Most commercial-scale composting in California is done in long, narrow piles called windrows, which are mixed regularly by a specialized piece of equipment called a windrow turner. These enormous, diesel-powered critters range from 200 to 600 horsepower, but you’ll be traveling in hours per mile not miles per hour. What if there was a way to replace some of that diesel using the sun? image Full story…
    (Posted by Robert Horowitz on May 23, 2016)