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.
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).
The 2017/18 California legislative session has now adjourned and the Governor has signed the following bills into legislation.
StopWaste is sponsoring content for a newsletter series in Edible East Bay about delicious ways to use seasonal foods that might otherwise end up in the compost, as well as food storage tips and recipes.
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.
The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program will host several community drop-off events this year. In addition to the traditional HHW materials generated in homes and gardens, medicine and controlled substances will now be collected. For the first time, residents can bring mattresses and box springs to the drop-off event! Events are being planned in different locations throughout the year and the website will be updated as new events are scheduled.
The reusable bag law has been expanded to include all stores and restaurants in the county, starting May 1, 2017 for retail stores and November 1, 2017 for restaurants and food trucks.
StopWaste acknowledged the recipients of the 2017 StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards, given for outstanding achievements in waste reduction.
The State of California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has awarded StopWaste one of its 2016 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership (GEELA) Awards for its multi-step school program.