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

  • CalRecycle Crews Stay Safe During Camp Fire Debris Removal Project

     

    Fire Debris Removal Crew meeting in a church

     

    Since the beginning of Camp Fire debris removal in February 2019, cleanup crews working under CalRecycle contracts have been meeting on Wednesday mornings for weekly all-hands safety meetings. At the peak of the project, thousands would pack into the Paradise Alliance Church, one of the largest buildings that survived the devastating November 2018 wildfire. Operations chiefs and safety officers from CalRecycle would reinforce safety protocols, provide training, and support workforce morale.

    At the meetings, crews were recognized for work that went beyond hauling debris to providing outstanding outreach and support for individual homeowners. With up to 150 workers scattered among the 150,000 acres of the burn scar, the morning meetings gave everyone a sense of how big the operation was and allowed them to see the other members of a recovery team that measured in the thousands.

     

    Fire safety meeting outside in early morning.

     

    With 99.9 percent of properties cleared, the numbers were much smaller for the all-hands meeting on Oct. 30, 2019. But with public safety power shutdowns in effect, the safety message was just as critical: Be careful in the wind, look for falling branches, and be aware of traffic and intersections. And speakers gave their talks not from a church stage with a sound system, but from the back of a pickup truck under flashlights.

     

    Fire Crew meeting outside

     

    Posted on In the Loop by Chris McSwain on Nov 14, 2019

  • Butte Strong: In Remembrance of the Paradise Camp Fire

    CalRecycle remembers the tremendous loss to Butte County and the communities of Paradise, Concow, and Magalia on the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire. We honor their strength and resilience as they turn the page from recovery to rebuilding.

    Join us on Friday, November 8, at 11:08 a.m. for 85 seconds of silence for those whose lives were lost.

    picture of home being reconstructed.
    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Nov 7, 2019

  • Through the Lens: A Photographic Look at CalRecycle's Programs

    You’ve heard it before--a picture is worth a thousand words! And at CalRecycle we have thousands of pictures (you don’t have to do the math) because we have a multitude of programs, events, and projects we’re constantly working on. As the unofficial photographer here at CalRecycle headquarters, I’m fortunate enough to witness and document the inner workings of the department. Here is a small sampling of my favorite photos from the past five years. If you like what you see, don’t forget to follow California EPA on Instagram--we contribute images often and you can see what our partner departments are up to as well!

    Facility Tours

    Wildfire Cleanups

    Education and the Environment Initiative

    Environmental events

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Aug 19, 2019