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About StopWaste

StopWaste helps Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less, recycle properly, and use water, energy, and other resources efficiently. We’re a public agency governed by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, and the Energy Council.

At home, we:

  • Reduce wasted food by helping residents plan, store, eat, and compost food efficiently.
  • Provide free drop-off of household hazardous waste to keep toxins out of the landfill.
  • Help keep plastics out of our creeks and the Bay through implementation of the reusable bag law. 

At work, we:

  • Help businesses and property managers comply with ordinances for mandatory recycling and composting. 
  • Support local businesses in the adoption of more sustainable packaging. 
  • Assist food generators in donating food that would otherwise end up in the landfill. 

At school and in the community, we: 

  • Help students address environmental issues and put the 4Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot/Compost - into practice.
  • Provide grants and support to local organizations for innovative reuse and food waste reduction projects. 
  • Develop and run energy upgrade programs to make multifamily buildings more comfortable and efficient. 

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