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    The Home Depot operates 1,976 stores in the United States, nine of which are in Alameda County. In 2007, the company introduced Eco Options, a program that promotes third party certified, environmentally preferable products that include many recycled-content building materials such as insulation, carpets, tile, particleboard and flooring.

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    Carriage House Apartments in Fremont is a gated community with 123 rental units. Starting in February 2012, in an effort to reduce garbage collection fees and be more eco-friendly, management replaced on-site recycling carts with larger bins to increase capacity, and launched an outreach campaign to residents.

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    America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company in Oakland specializes in artisan roasted coffees and specialty teas and distribute primarily throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The company had already replaced cardboard boxes with reusable plastic crates when a mini-grant from StopWaste allowed them to purchase additional crates to expand their use of reusable transport packaging.

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  • News  |  02/04/2014

    StopWaste is offering funds to support innovative waste reduction programs through its Competitive Grants Program. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in Alameda County that have implemented innovative projects to increase individual and community involvement in waste reduction and recycling efforts, decrease the amount of waste generated and sent to landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled products.Grant funds range from $25,000-$65,000. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2014.

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    News  |  01/25/2012

    In January 2012, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority adopted two ordinances that will help the county achieve its long-term waste reduction goals. The mandatory recycling ordinance requires larger businesses and multifamily properties to collect recyclables. The reusable bag ordinance prohibits free distribution of single-use bags at check out in stores that sell packaged food. The laws are designed to reduce waste and litter, stimulate the local economy and create jobs.

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  • News  |  03/14/2014

    At its annual Business Efficiency Awards ceremony, StopWaste honored twelve companies from around Alameda County for their outstanding achievements in waste reduction and efficiency.

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    News from StopWaste and its Member Agencies

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    When StopWaste moved to a new office, staff wanted to avoid the mountain of cardboard waste typical of a traditional move. By choosing reusable moving crates they prevented 826 pounds of cardboard waste, cut back on labor, and improved the efficiency of the move.

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    Pepsico’s switch to more durable reusable pallets was cost-neutral, and brought numerous product protection, safety, and labor benefits to an Oakland bottling plant. View video

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    This artisanal bakery in Berkeley relocated and grew its business. Green building materials and techniques were used during building renovations. The move presented an opportunity to set up composting and recycling programs that have reduced waste by over 95%. 

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