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

  • Zero Waste? Just a Picnic in the Park.

    CalRecycle staff sorting trash

     

    When CalRecycle staffers met up for the recent annual summer picnics, it was not all about the food and fun. Bragging rights were also up for grab between the Sacramento and Southern California employees.

    This was all about the zero waste competition to see which group of CalRecycle staffers created less waste at their picnic event.

    The social committees and zero waste team coordinated the competition, asking attendees to bring their reusable plates, utensils, and cups. Those who forgot to bring those items were able the rent a mess kit for $1.

    Each picnic event had stations for waste, compost, and recycling. Food waste was composted, excess food was donated to a local charity, and cans and plastic bottles were recycled.

    The remaining waste was weighed and divided by the number of attendees to come up with a comparable metric for the two picnics: per capita disposal, or the amount of waste per person.

    Now, on to the results. With a total of .011 lbs. of waste per person, the winner of the 2019 competition was … Southern California!

    Sacramento came oh-so-close with .013 lbs. of waste per person.

    In all, CalRecycle staff diverted 91.9 lbs. of waste from this year’s annual picnics, which is a major reduction from the 2018 total of 139.9 lbs. So, in many ways, everyone who participated was truly a winner.  

    Here’s video of the Sacramento picnic.When CalRecycle staffers met up for the recent annual summer picnics, it was not all about the food and fun. Bragging rights were also up for grab between the Sacramento and Southern California employees. Here’s video of the Sacramento picnic. 

     

    Zero waste picnic

     

    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on Sep 5, 2019

  • Sacramento Launches New Recycling App

    Sacramento Recylcing App

    Do you walk around your house and wonder if a certain item in your kitchen or your bathroom is recyclable or not? Well, the City of Sacramento is trying to make the decision-making process a whole lot easier. On Earth Day, the city officially launched the SacRecycle app, designed to provide quick access to recycling tips.

    A main component of the app is the Waste Wizard, which is a database of hundreds of household items. You can use the app to see if an item is recyclable and learn about proper disposal methods.

    The SacRecycle app also features garbage, recycling, street sweeping, and yard waste calendars, along with an interactive waste-sorting game for kids.

    The app works on both Apple and Android devices. Sacramento residents, check it out and share it with your family and friends!  

    Here’s a video with more information about the SacRecycle app.  

    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on Aug 26, 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