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    The Reuse Operating Grant Program is available for reuse projects in Alameda County who are in need of funding for staff salaries and supplies related to promotions, educational and outreach programs and/or collection improvements. There is a maximum of $15,000 per request, per year.

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  • News  |  10/21/2015

    Oakland Coliseum and Alameda County Fairgrounds take lead in reducing food waste.

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    A poster that graphically shows flattening cardboard to post above recycling bins, where appropriate.

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    This flyer describes the ReThink Disposable program and has testimonials from participating businesses.

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    This comprehensive 27-page guide provides examples of reusable foodware substitutes for disposable products that contribute to the waste generated by a typical food service business.

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    “By switching from expensive recyclable and compostable packaging to real dishes, I was able to save money and do the best thing for the environment. And right away customers started commenting on how happy they are with the changes!” Jena Davidson, Co-owner of Sacred Wheel, Oakland.

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    “ReThink Disposable has been a huge success for Doc’s of the Bay. The recommendations are working fabulously and we’re seeing benefits well beyond the $2,000 annual savings. The food looks better than it ever has and customer response has been really positive.” Brandon Smuke, Truck Manager of Doc’s of the Bay Food Truck, Emeryville.

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    The chiropractic values of living holistically align with environmental values, which motivated the Sustainability Council at Life Chiropractic College West located in Hayward to pursue certification through the Alameda County Green Business Program. The Program’s comprehensive framework and hands-on assistance appealed to the Council and made working towards environmental sustainability manageable and concrete.

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    As the second largest employer in Union City and the largest flexible packaging manufacturer on the West Coast, Emerald Packaging proudly embraces responsible leadership. The company has many innovative sustainable initiatives and frequently introduces innovative tools and practices to the industry. In 2006, Emerald Packing created the first compostable plastic package in the produce industry using plant-based, bio-degradable (PLA) film. In 2012, they initiated advances in “field to fork” food product traceability with their packaging.

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    Yoga, health, community. These company values are apparent upon a visit to Anasa Yoga in Alameda, CA. The business is also committed to improving the environment - a motivating factor in pursuing Green Business Certification. Jean Marie, LEED AP certified since 2004, designed the studio with students’ health and well-being in mind and was excited to incorporate LEED concepts into the studio’s construction.

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