StopWaste programs to reduce food waste in commercial kitchens and Alameda County schools were recently profiled in BioCycle magazine.
Staff from StopWaste and Alameda County were recent recipients of local industry awards at the 2016 California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) Conference in Sacramento this August.
At its April 27 meeting, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board unanimously adopted a resolution that phases out the Agency’s Benchmark service and fee in June 2017, saving close to $1 million each year for garbage ratepayers in the county.
StopWaste recently launched a new regional website, the Lawn-to-Garden Marketplace at www.lawntogarden.org. The Marketplace is a one-stop shop for home gardeners and landscape professionals to find the tools and resources to convert lawns sustainably with sheet mulch.
An article in the March 11, 2016 Oakland Tribune reports on how packaging, labeling, and programmatic differences have led to confusion amongst Bay Area consumers who want to do the "right thing" with their recyclables.
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.
Together, we have been reducing the number of single-use plastic and paper bags distributed at supermarkets, convenience, liquor and drug stores across Alameda County since 2013. Thank you!
Now under consideration is an expansion of this law to cover additional retail stores, potentially including all retail stores and restaurants in Alameda County.
We will be hosting a series of meetings throughout the county to solicit your input on expansion ideas and the reusable bag requirements.
This event is open to all Alameda County retailers.