Californians Do Their Part to Recycle:

bottles and cans

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pounds of electronic waste

gallons of used oil

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gallons of paint


3 Ways to Cut Your Trash Footprint

Say NO to single-use packaging and products
Turn down:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Plastic utensils
  • Condiment packets 

Save trees wasted on snail mail

Choose paperless billing and stop junk mail with these tips

Reuse to ditch disposables!
Switch to reusable:

  • Water bottles
  • Kitchen towels
  • Utensils
  • Shopping bags

The average family throws out $1500 of food a year

Tips to cut food waste:

containers of produce

Reorganize your fridge
Put older items in front to eat first!

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Plan your meals for the week
Plan your meals ahead and prep them for the week, so nothing gets forgotten and goes bad.

Fight Climate Change and Cut Trash Pollution

Reducing your waste:

Recycled content bottles

Saves money by buying less and reusing

Saves energy used to make, use and discard products

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Reduces climate pollution

Helps the planet stay livable for our children and grandchildren

Lowers trash in our neighborhoods and landfills

The solution to trash pollution is changing to a circular use economy
that reuses all materials

Earth Day Led to the First Environmental Protection

U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (WI) organized the first Earth Day in 1970 to bring environmental issues to the national political agenda.

After the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and two prominent environmental disasters in 1969:

More than 20 million Americans rallied across the country, demanding action on pollution.

By December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and passed the first environmental regulation laws in the U.S. 

Today, 196 countries and more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day.

California is taking on the climate crisis and trash pollution with zero emission vehicles, food and yard waste recycling, and a new plastic pollution reduction law.

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