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  • Success Stories   

    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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    This guide explains how to reduce waste and create beautiful landscapes using salvaged and recycled-content materials. It includes types and sources of materials as well as a section on using “urbanite” to build benches, garden walls and more. Although it was written for landscape professionals, it contains useful information for home gardeners.

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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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    Use this sheet mulch source list to locate bulk recycled compost, mulch, and sheet mulch materials from vendors in the east bay. Sheet mulching is a way to remove a lawn by layering cardboard and mulch right on top of the grass. 

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    Learn more about building healthy soil with this guide that provides tips to help you get started in your garden. It covers soil building strategies including composting, sheet mulching and cover cropping.

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    This one page brochure covers the basic steps for sheet mulching your lawn. It's an easy process of layering cardboard and mulch right on top of the grass. Plus, you can plant your new garden right into the mulch.

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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  |  11/01/2013

    Ready Set Recycle's revamped website encourages Alameda County residents to recycle by providing resources and rewards for reducing their waste. New features on the site emphasizes the importance of food scrap recycling, and offer opportunities for residents to win prizes through educational games and challenges designed to test recycling skills.

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