StopWaste is currently supporting four Alameda County non-profits through its Community Outreach Grant program to activate their communities to reduce wasted food. Among this year’s grantees is San Leandro-based nonprofit Community Impact Lab, a diverse group of over 750 families that empowers its members to tackle social, economic, and educational disparities in their communities through monthly dinners, workshops, donation events, and more.
On October 3, the student body at Joaquin Miller Elementary School in Oakland came together during an assembly to kick off a new movement to reduce wasted food at their school.
Approximately 40 percent of edible food ends up in landfills, never reaching a plate, despite the fact that one out of five residents faces food insecurity in Alameda County. Schools can play an influential role in helping to solve this problem.
On September 26, 2018 the Governing Board of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority adopted Ordinance 2018-1, amending the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan (CoIWMP).
Oakland, CA—A new Alameda Countywide Waste Characterization Study reveals a significant drop in the amount of readily recyclable materials in the landfill.
The 2017-18 Study shows that the amount of “good stuff” – such as cardboard, plastic, metal, glass bottles and cans, food and food-soiled paper – make up 36 percent of the waste stream, down from 60 percent when the study was last conducted in 2008.
As concerns over the implications surrounding food waste rise, innovative leaders like LeanPath are using technology to change the way food service operators reduce wasted food in their kitchens. In a recent interview with FoodTank, Andrew Shakman, CEO and co-founder of LeanPath, describes LeanPath’s unique solution to this problem.
At a recognition event on June 28th, StopWaste acknowledged the recipients of the 2018 StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards, given for outstanding achievements in waste reduction.
On July 28, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) will recognize StopWaste deputy executive director and recycling veteran, Tom Padia, at its annual Conference and Tradeshow at the Oakland Marriot City Center.
By Wendy Sommer, StopWaste Executive Director
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.
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.