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  • Effective Monday, March 16, StopWaste will close its office under the guidance of the Alameda County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health to help protect the health and well-being of our community. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates here as needed. For up-to-date information on closures and recommended actions, please visit your city's website. For information on the status of our regularly scheduled board meetings, click here.

  • As of July 1, the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Facilities in Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward will no longer accept prescription medication. 

  • Recycling is having a bit of a wake-up call. Extra attention is needed by residents and businesses to reduce waste overall and make sure that materials we are recycling have the highest value.

    Read the full message from Wendy Sommer, the Executive Director at StopWaste.

  • StopWaste Grants for Waste Reduction

    StopWaste is now accepting grant applications, with total funding up to $400K, available to businesses and nonprofits with innovative ideas to reduce waste. Learn more

  • March 9, 2018

    In January, 28 public agency staff in Alameda County earned the Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional credential.

  • February 14, 2018

    StopWaste Executive Director Wendy Sommer will be inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in the category of the Environment at its 25th Anniversary Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on March 24 in Oakland.

  • January 30, 2018

    Livermore and Oakland schools will be able to make a bigger dent in tackling food waste after being awarded a $500,000 CalRecycle Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant. Project partners also include ALL IN Alameda County and StopWaste. 

    The awarded Smart Cafeteria Initiative will utilize and expand upon food share tables in every school cafeteria across two school districts to capture and sort unwanted food from lunch that is generated during or after meal service. Surplus food will be available for hungry students to consume at school, then to families from the school community. 

  • October 26, 2017

    Beginning November 1, eating establishments in Alameda County can no longer offer customers single-use plastic bags. Eating establishments can offer recycled content paper bags for free, but must charge customers at least 10 cents for reusable bags (includes thicker plastic bags).

  • October 15, 2017

    The 2017/18 California legislative session has now adjourned and the Governor has signed the following bills into legislation.

  • September 14, 2017

    This slide presentation will highlight eye-catching plants and plant communities that provide habitat value, reduce water use, require low maintenance, and provide year-round interest.

  • September 12, 2017

    Landscape professionals: Learn best practices for complying with the statewide Water-Efficient Landscape Ordinance.

  • September 12, 2017

    This four-day training program is FREE for public agency staff in Alameda County. Register now.

  • September 6, 2017

    Oakland-based company Back to the Roots is the latest of several Alameda County business to adopt the new How2Recycle label for their packaging, with the help of incentive funding from StopWaste.

  • July 19, 2017

    Learn how proper plant selection can help both trees and understory thrive.