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How Much Good Stuff Are You Throwing Away?

Surveys show that Alameda County residents believe they are doing a great job of recycling. But the data from StopWaste's Benchmark Service tells a different story. Most of us are putting too much good stuff—especially food scraps and food soiled paper—in the garbage. 

The best way to tell if you are a Fantastic Recycler or Just OK is to actually measure how much recyclable and compostable material your household puts in the garbage. Here's how: 

  • Individual households: Download this form for instructions on how to measure how much good stuff is in your garbage. 
  • Groups of residents, community groups or businesses: StopWaste can provide a staff person and the equipment needed (gloves, tarps, scales) to help you sort and evaluate what's in your garbage. For information, email


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