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When in Drought: Don't Remove Your Lawn, Sheet Mulch It!

California's new restrictions on water use include replacing 50 million square feet of lawns across the state with drought tolerant landscaping. Check out our tips on beating the drought in the garden, at home and at the table.


The Alameda County Waste Management Authority has begun issuing fines to businesses and multi-family property owners still in violation of Alameda County’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance. To date, over 100 citation notices have been served, and more are expected as routine inspections continue. Of the locations inspected this year, the majority was found to be in compliance with the Ordinance at the time of inspection.
StopWaste recently hosted a half-day workshop focused on best practices in meeting and implementing C&D recycling in Alameda County and the Bay Area. Audio recording and presentations are available for download.
Oakland Coliseum and Alameda County Fairgrounds take lead in reducing food waste.
In September, StopWaste provided assistance to the California Department of General Services for a demonstration of sheet mulching, turning the thirsty East lawn of the Capitol Building into a low-water-use garden filled with native plants.
Starting in October, there will be a series of three meetings throughout the county to solicit input from Alameda County retailers on possible expansion ideas for the Reusable Bag Ordinance.