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    Materials Reuse finds innovative uses for post-industrial materials being thrown away, sells the materials to other industries for reuse, and provide equipment such as balers, compactors, etc. at their customer sites to ensure reuse.
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    The ReUse People of Alameda County, Inc. provide salvaging services, deconstruction consulting, and reuse sales of building materials for the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. When they needed to expand transportation capabilities, The ReUse People received a loan to purchase additional trailers and a used bobtail truck.
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  • VF Outdoor's Bay-Friendly Rated office campus in Alameda
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    The office campus of VF Outdoor in Alameda features a sustainable landscape design that reflects the company's global environmental goals. The landscape includes a water-conserving and climate-responsive plant palette suited to the environmentally sensitive coastal setting, an edible garden that provides healthy food to the campus cafeteria, and a variety of outdoor spaces for meetings, relaxation and recreation.

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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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    VF Outdoor, a division of VF Corp. that focuses on outdoor and athletic apparel, recently moved three of its leading brands, JanSport, lucy and The North Face, to a new headquarters in Alameda.  While moving more than 470 employees, the company avoided using an estimated 11,000 cardboard boxes needed for the move by renting reusable moving crates instead.

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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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    Monetary Awards for Businesses, Institutions and Nonprofits in Alameda County that have projects relating to Food Waste Prevention and Food Recovery.

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    UC Berkeley’s foodservice provider Cal Dining measures types and amounts of pre-consumer food waste with specialized tracking equipment, then uses the findings to modify purchasing and food prep routines. Cal Dining has reduced food waste by 19%, equivalent to 27 tons/year, or $98,402/year in reduced food costs.

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    Compost made by Recology Grover Environmental Products (RGEP) is produced at a 166-acre composting facility in the Central Valley town of Vernalis. About 40-50% of the food scraps and yard trimmings used as feedstock originate in Alameda County, including the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland and the sanitary districts of Castro Valley and Oro Loma.

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