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    Get information and sample specification language for purchasing recycled content playground equipment, playground surfacing, and parks furnishings.  Updated February 2017.

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    This guide helps building managers and maintenance staff make purchasing decisions that increase energy efficiency, conserve natural resources and improve indoor air quality. Categories covered include lighting, paint, flooring, furniture, energy efficient appliances, water efficient products, mechanical, janitorial cleaning & supply products, and landscaping.

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    Businesses that generate a lot of organic material can realize cost savings and environmental benefits by composting on-site. This guide details 7 steps to help you evaluate, plan, and launch an on-site composting project.

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    This 16-page best practices guide helps event organizers reduce waste and increase recycling at special events. Includes case studies and sample contract language.

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    A guide for businesses and institutions explaining how to comply with the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance. Includes tips for success and case study examples.

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    Ever wonder what happens to food scraps in Alameda County? They're turned into rich compost for California farms. Watch this video to see how. Brought to you by StopWaste.

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    - Reduced food waste by 19%, equivalent to 27 tons per year.
    - Cost of food waste avoided equivalent to saving more than $98,000 a year.
    - Continue to reduce waste using automated food waste tracking system.

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    Tesla Motors designs and manufactures electric vehicles. At their plant in Fremont they build the Model S, an all electric sedan that seats up to 7 people and was Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year. The car company worked closely with StopWaste’s Use Reusables program to switch to reusable windshield racks, a project that eliminates about 100 tons of cardboard waste a year.

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    As part of a waste reduction initiative within McDonald’s Pacific Sierra Region, the owners and franchise partners of 24 restaurants in Alameda County made recycling and composting of food scraps and food-soiled paper a priority at their businesses.

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    EPA's Toolkit for Reducing Wasted Food and Packaging: A guide for Food Services and Restaurants. Provides an overview of wasted food and packaging, a food recovery hierarchy, and a tutorial for EPA's Tool to Track Wasted Food and Packaging.

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