Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • Fix-It Group Holds the Line Against Landfill Waste

    If you can repair it, there’s no need to replace it.

    Neighbors in the Oak Park area of Sacramento are fully aware of this simple truth. Once a month, they host the Oak Park Fix-It Cafe, described on its Facebook page as “a community-powered gathering for repairing and maintaining bicycles, clothing, household items, and the ties that bind us into a healthy community.” At various stations, they work with visitors to stitch buttons back onto sweaters, sew up holes, tune up bicycles, and troubleshoot appliances. And, since it’s a grassroots thing, they also chat about goings-on in the neighborhood and throw back some bagels and cream cheese.

    The group meets once a month, on the third Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, search for “Oak Park Fix-It Cafe” on Facebook.

    The bike repair station is a busy one at the fix-it clinic.

    The bike repair station is a busy one at the fix-it clinic.

    Bagels and appliance repair – what’s a fix-it café without both?

    Thinking of starting a fix-it café in your own community? Here’s a great resource to get started!

    Posted on In the Loop on Jan 31, 2019

  • Celebrate Responsibly

    Milk & Eggnog Cartons are not always accepted in curbside resycling bins. Check with your city/county first

    Happy Holidays, from CalRecycle

    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Dec 24, 2018

  • SB 1383 Rulemaking Launch Party

    In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new law requires that CalRecycle implement regulations to reduce organic waste disposal by 50 percent by 2020, and 75 percent by 2025. It also requires that not less than 20 percent of edible food that is currently disposed of is recovered for human consumption by 2025.

    At CalRecycle’s monthly public meeting on Tuesday, staff will recommend approval to complete and file the draft regulations with the Office of Administrative Law and begin the formal rulemaking process. This step has been preceded by almost two years of informal stakeholder workshops and statewide cost-benefit analyses.

    In non-government-ese: We’ve been working hard to figure out the best way to implement this new law, and we’ve gotten a lot of input from local communities and businesses, and we’ve constructed a detailed plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and feed hungry Californians. This is a big deal!

    Also at the public meeting, CalRecycle staff will seek approval to conclude the formal rulemaking process for AB 901(Gordon, Chapter 746, Statutes of 2015). This law changes how organics, recyclable material, and solid waste are reported to CalRecycle and will help the department focus its efforts to increase recycling in the state.

    In non-government-ese: Draft regulations, which detail the AB 901 reporting requirements and how CalRecycle will enforce them, have already been reviewed by OAL, and this action will finalize them. This is also a big deal.

    We’ll also announce grant recipients for our Tire Incentive Program and for projects using rubberized pavement and tire-derived aggregate. All three of these grant programs help California make good use of some of the 48 million waste tires managed in the state each year, rather than have them end up in landfills.

    CalRecycle December 2018 Public Meeting
    10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18
    Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA Building
    1001 I St., Sacramento, CA

    You can find the full agenda (and a lot of SB 1383 documents, including a few explanatory infographics) for CalRecycle’s December public meeting here. If you can’t make it in person, join us by webcast (the link will go live shortly before the meeting begins).

    Posted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Dec 17, 2018