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

  • Five Tips to Close the Recycling Loop

    Despite what Kermit the Frog says, it’s actually easy to be green! Check out these five tips to up your recycling game and help the environment.

    1. First, reduce waste with reusables. It’s much easier to manage waste that never enters the waste stream, so consider switching to reusable items whenever you can. Try mason jars for drinks and soup. Reusable straws are often available at coffee and smoothie shops. Don’t forget to invest in a straw brush to scrub out the insides.

    2. Buy products with less packaging. CalRecycle estimates about 25 percent of our waste stream is packaging. If you can, buy items in bulk or opt for brands that use easier-to-recycle packaging materials (like cardboard strawberry containers instead of plastic clamshells). Also consider buying multiple items in one order when shopping online to reduce cardboard shipping box and padded envelope waste.

    3. Recycle yard and food waste. Food waste accounts for 18 percent of our waste stream and can be recycled into beneficial products like compost and renewable natural gas. If you don’t have residential curbside organics collection service, you can look for a local community garden compost program. Many community gardens accept yard and food waste for their compost piles. 

    4. Understand what goes in your blue and green bins and avoid contaminants in each bin. There is no statewide, universal recycling program in California, so local guidelines will vary. If you add food waste to your green bin and your community doesn’t have a composting facility that accepts food waste, you may have inadvertently contaminated your yard waste bin. Check out your local jurisdiction website or that of your waste and recycling hauler to learn more about what to put in each bin. In general, you want to add clean, dry items to the blue bin. If you add a spaghetti sauce jar with no lid and sauce residue inside the container, the sauce can leak out and contaminate other items like paper, making them more difficult to recycle and possibly bound for the landfill.

    5. Buy recycled-content products. The recycling economy depends on people buying products made with recycled content, which increases the demand for materials collected for recycling. When you’re out and about shopping, look for products made with recycled material.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on May 23, 2019

  • Keep the Planet Clean--Your Kids Need Fresh Air

    Parents, we know you have a lot going on. A lot of us at CalRecycle are parents too! We’re not trying to make things harder for you. In fact, once you get the hang of some of our Earth-protecting tips, you’ll find they’re not all that difficult—it’s just a matter of changing old habits. Shopping for secondhand clothes makes sense, saves money, and isn’t any more difficult than shopping at a retail store. Packing an environmentally friendly lunch can save you money in the long run. Give these tips a try and see what you think!

    A Clean California Starts with Parents!

    #CleanCaliforniaForAll #CaliforniaForAll #EarthDay

    Posted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Apr 16, 2019

  • Ready, Set, Graduate: Perfect Presents for Pupils



    When I was in college, there were no iPhones, Netflix didn’t have an online streaming option, and I’m pretty sure Facebook was still called The Facebook. Many things have changed since then, but at least one thing remains the same—it’s grad season and it’s time to celebrate that special student in your life! Here are the perfect presents for the practical (past) pupil—oh, and they’re environmentally friendly. 


    Originally posted by usedpimpa

    Econ 101

    What do all college students lack? Cash money! Sure, it’s not the most thoughtful gift, but cash is something every recent graduate needs, and they can use it to buy whatever they want—or even stuff they don’t want (like their first student loan payment). Plus, cash doesn’t come with unnecessary frills or packaging. Put it in a recyclable envelope, direct deposit it, or just make it rain.


    Later, Lunch Lady

    Luckily, I had a grandma to cook my meals during my four years of college, but not everyone is that fortunate. College meals for your graduate most likely included Top Ramen, microwaveable mac and cheese, and cafeteria food. So, while they were feeding their minds, learning how to cook was probably on the back burner. Buy them some cooking lessons because while they may not need trigonometry in real life, they sure will need to eat at some point! And when you understand cooking, you understand the importance of avoiding food waste.


    Originally posted by nickelodeon


    Physical Education

    Most colleges offer free gym services so students can burn off stress and calories, but once out of school, regular gyms can be incredibly expensive. Help them stay fit, strong, and healthy by getting them a gym membership. And while you’re at it, get them a reusable water bottle—they’re going to need to stay hydrated while getting swole.


    AV Members Only

    Once they’re out of school, your graduate can take a breather—and maybe binge on some shows they missed out on while they were studying. Get them a Hulu, Netflix, or HBO Go subscription so they can chill out in front of the TV for a day (or week). Alternatively, if you want them to stay woke and keep up with current events, order them an online subscription to a newspaper like the New York Times or Los Angeles Times—no newspapers to recycle, just important breaking news.


    If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

    But, if it is broken, do fix it instead of throwing it in the trash. It may have been a while since they took a shop class, but it’s vital that your grad have a tool kit—and not the kind of tools that came with your assembly-required IKEA desk for your college apartment. (I guarantee you’re not going to be able to fix anything with two Allen wrenches and a leftover wooden peg.) Get them a real tool kit with all the essentials because (1) it’s expensive to buy new things every time they break and (2) there’s no reason to throw items in the trash just because they have a loose screw or a wobbly leg.

    Did we miss any gifts that are perfect for the eco-friendly college or high school graduate? Let us know!

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on May 23, 2018