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    This example food donation agreement, developed and shared by Oakland Unified School District, provides an example and template for complying with SB 1383 local education agency food recovery and donation requirements.

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    SB 1383 regulations requires local education agencies with an on-site food facility to hold a written agreement with food recovery organizations and/or services that will recover their surplus edible food. This template is a simplified food recovery agreement that can fulfill this requirement.

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    Over the last decade, Alameda County and the State of California have progressively tightened laws on plastic bag use, aiming to curb pollution, encourage sustainable practices, and reduce waste. These measures have notably decreased plastic bag consumption and helped protect our environment.

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  •   |  02/06/2024

    Timothy Burroughs, executive director of StopWaste, was elected as the board chair with unanimous support from the board members, recognizing his extensive experience in representing the interests of local governments, prioritizing the needs of disadvantaged communities, and working effectively with large public agency boards.

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    In July 2024, California’s Right to Repair Act (SB 244) goes into effect, a significant advancement for the right-to-repair movement.

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    Residential compost give away programs, which are called Compost Hubs, can help jurisdictions meet SB 1383 procurement requirements. StopWaste produced these resources to help jurisdictions start a Compost Hub: 

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  •   |  01/22/2024

    StopWaste is offering a total of $1.1 million in grant funding to businesses, nonprofits, institutions, and school districts in Alameda County for projects focused on focus on waste prevention, reuse, and recovery of food, goods and materials as well as development, marketing, and products made with recovered materials. Deadline to apply is March 14, 2024.

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    The City of Oakland passed a Reusable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance. 

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    Food Waste Prevention & Recovery Grants

    Tri-Valley Haven supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and poverty, with a focus on Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore. With a Food Waste & Recovery grant from StopWaste, the nonprofit has not only dramatically increased the amount of fresh, healthy, and nutritious food their food pantry distributes, but also switched to a “client choice model,” empowering pantry visitors to select those items that best suit their lifestyle, traditions, and health needs.

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    Reusable Transport Packaging Equipment Grants

    Full Belly Farm delivers vegetables, fruit, nuts and flowers to restaurants, farmer’s markets and members through host drop sites around the Bay Area and Sacramento. With a Reusable Transport Packaging grant from StopWaste, Full Belly purchased reusable plastic totes to replace the waxed cardboard boxes they had been using for produce delivery. This change is saving the farm $14,161 per year in avoided waxed cardboard box purchases and has resulted in a 36 ton reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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