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New Organics and Recycling Law takes effect January 1, 2022

A new California State law (SB 1383) requires residents and businesses to keep food and other compostable materials out of landfills to help fight climate change. The State law is implemented in Alameda County under the Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance in partnership with the Alameda County environmental health departments, StopWaste, its member agencies and their solid waste service providers.

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StopWaste was recently recognized with the 2022 Edible Communities Sustainability Award for our accomplishments in helping residents, businesses, and schools reduce waste and build healthier, more resilient communities.
Alameda County’s second schools reusable foodware pilot project launched in Alameda following a successful inaugural launch in Emeryville—replacing single-use lunch trays and plastic utensils with reusable stainless-steel ones.
At a recognition event on June 9, StopWaste celebrated the recipients of the 2022 StopWaste Efficiency Awards, given for outstanding achievements in waste reduction, community engagement, and environmental stewardship.
The Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board has a vacancy in the category of “a Source Reduction Specialist with substantial experience as such.” The appointee must live in Alameda County. Term of the appointment is two years, and Board Members are eligible for re-appointment to one additional two-year term.
A coalition of public, nonprofit, and academic partners led by StopWaste is one of only 60 groups nationwide to be named as a finalist in the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

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