• What’s in Your Garbage?

    When I started working at CalRecycle, the department was in the middle of a big “waste characterization” study. We do the studies every several years to figure out what’s being thrown out, in what amounts, in landfills across the state to help us focus our waste-reduction efforts. Full story…
    (Posted by TC Clark on Oct 20, 2016)
  • Music to My Eco-Ears

    Like a lot of people, I thought I was eco-friendly because I recycled and didn’t litter. But since I started working at CalRecycle I have found that being an environmentalist involves much more than that. Sharing the knowledge I’m gaining is a huge part of what I do here as a social media specialist. It starts with awareness. Full story…
    (Posted by TC Clark on Oct 10, 2016)
  • Farm to Fork to Farm

    Did you know the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has an official Food Recovery Hierarchy? It states the preferred uses for potentially wasted food, in order of priority, as opposed to sending it to landfills to decompose and generate greenhouse gas. Full story…
    (Posted by CalRecycle Staff on Oct 3, 2016)
  • Zero Waste: Can We Do It?

    Zero waste, the concept that all material goods can be reused or recycled—or not produced in the first place—is gaining traction among municipalities and businesses. Full story…
    (Posted on Jul 13, 2016)
  • Stopping paper waste before it hits home

    Recently, the latest edition of the Yellow Pages appeared in my driveway. I thought, “Wow, they still publish that? How quaint!” I picked it up, and as I headed into my garage, I took off the plastic film. I threw that into the garbage, dumped the book into my paper recycling bin, and walked into my house. Full story…
    (Posted by Heather Jones on Jun 30, 2016)
  • Want to Save the Planet? Educate the Children

    I did not grow up with environmental values. At best, I was unaware of the impacts of my actions on the environment and, at worst, I could be deemed a “litter bug.” It wasn’t until college that I became aware of climate change and how devastating our actions, as humans, have been to the planet—our Mother Earth. Full story…
    (Posted by Angela Vincent on Jun 23, 2016)