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Agency Update - Spring 2016

Will the Reusable Bag Ordinance expand to all retail?

Family shopping with reusable bags

Bag Ordinance expansion planned

StopWaste is planning for an expansion of the reusable bag ordinance to include all retail stores and restaurants. The current ordinance, which went into effect January 2013, applies to grocery, drug and liquor stores. If approved, retail stores and restaurants would be added to the ordinance.

Consumer Recycling Quandaries in the News

Bay Area News Group reports on consumer confusion about curbside recycling

The Bay Area News Group recently featured recycling as their front-page story - spotlighting how packaging, labeling, and programmatic differences have led to confusion for Bay Area consumers who want to do the "right thing" with their recyclables. The article included findings from StopWaste's studies, along with tips and guidance from our staff.

Lawn to Garden Made Easier

Sheet mulching resources for residents and professionals

We recently launched a new regional website, the Lawn-to-Garden Marketplace at It's a one-stop shop for home gardeners and landscape professionals to find resources for converting lawns sustainably with sheet mulch. Visitors can find rebates and discounts on materials, get inspired by examples of local lawn conversions, and use our searchable vendor list to find cardboard, compost, mulch and more.  

Spring lawn-to-garden parties

This spring we're hosting a series of lawn-to-garden parties throughout the county. These one-day events provide residents with experience replacing lawns using sheet mulch. StopWaste staff and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professionals will be on hand to provide guidance. Residents get to see the entire process and use their new knowledge to convert their own lawn.