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Agency Update - Fall 2017

Reusable Bags - Not Just for Groceries Anymore

StopWaste is helping customers better understand the expanded reusable bag law, and encouraging people to bring their own reusable bags to all retail stores. A recently launched social media campaign is informing residents of the new requirements which began on May 1 for all retail stores in Alameda County, and will begin for eating establishments on November 1.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and help us spread the word. 

Edible East Bay Shares Tips to Stop Food Waste

Too much celery? Late harvest peaches and tomatoes? Edible East Bay is sharing information about how to stop food waste including delicious ways to use seasonal foods that might otherwise end up in the compost, as well as food storage tips and recipes.

Grantee Profile: MedShare

MedShare, a local non-profit and StopWaste grantee, has been instrumental in providing supplies in support of recent disaster relief. They are a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to sourcing and delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. In 2016, they prevented 2.5 million pounds of useable, unexpired medical supplies and equipment from going to landfills or being incinerated.

2017 Legislative Update

California's legislative season has ended and we are pleased to report the waste related legislation that has been signed into law. 

  • SB557 (Hernandez)  - School Food Donations: Allows public schools to donate certain food items to food banks. 
  • AB 1219 (Eggman) -  Expansion of the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act: Strengthens and expands a 1977 law that protects food donors from legal liability, in order to encourage food donations. 
  • AB 1158 (Chu) - Carpet Recycling: Increases carpet recycling and thereby reduces Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. 
  • AB 954 (Chiu)- Food Waste Reduction: Promotes standard phrases for food date labels to provide clarity to consumers on the shelf life of their food. 

Thank you to our local legislators for supporting waste reduction!