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  • Topic Briefs   

    As part of its annual Business Efficiency Awards, StopWaste is recognizing four Alameda County businesses for their efforts in upstream waste prevention through reuse, recycling, composting, and food waste prevention. Their leadership this year is particularly exemplary given the operational challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Grantee Highlight   

    Nonprofit Bay Area Community Health (BACH) provides not only health care and education, but also prioritizes the social and nutritional needs of their patients. Often that means writing a prescription for healthy food from the “Food Farmacy,” a monthly pop-up at BACH’s Liberty Clinic in Fremont. A waste prevention equipment grant from StopWaste has allowed them to purchase new equipment to keep donated fruits and veggies fresher longer.

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    Topic Briefs   

    StopWaste’s schools-based outreach has traditionally provided K-12 students with environmental education programs that encourage students and their families to take action on the 4Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, rot) at school, at home and in their communities.

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    Topic Briefs   

    The RE:Source guide is the latest generation of online search tools from StopWaste, intended to provide answers for what to do with the things you no longer need as well as comprehensive city-specific curbside service information on what goes where. It replaces the previous online guide RecycleWhere.org, and is faster and easier to use.

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  • Mandela Partners
    Grantee Highlight   

    West Oakland-based nonprofit Mandela Partners was founded over 15 years ago with a simple vision: Improve access to fresh fruit and vegetables for all Oakland residents, while supporting local family farmers and community-based businesses. StopWaste grant funding supports outreach for a paid CSA program that supports donation of healthy produce to families in need.

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  • Pacific Coast Collaborative
      |  09/15/2020

    StopWaste has joined one of the largest public-private partnerships in the world, led by the Pacific Coast Collaborative, to reduce and prevent wasted food by 50 percent by 2030.

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  • Topic Briefs   

    Measure D, the county charter amendment that established the Recycling Board, mandates that the Recycling Board create and periodically update a Recycling Plan to plan, fund, and implement a comprehensive source reduction and recycling program. The current Recycling Plan extends through 2020, and is therefore in need of an update.

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    In 2018, StopWaste partnered with Alameda County school districts and food recovery organizations to pilot a new food donation program through the Smart Cafeteria Initiative.  This program, funded in part by a grant from CalRecycle, was designed to help schools reduce waste through prevention, food share, re-serving, and donation to those in need.

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    In Alameda County, 84 properties have earned the ReScape California Rated Landscape status, as of June 2020.

    The program scorecard helps project teams plan, track and verify the practices they implement to improve their landscapes.

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    Soil is a living ecosystem – a single tablespoon can contain billions of organisms. The healthier our soil, the more resilient our gardens, landscapes and farmlands are. Utilizing compost is the simplest way to create a beneficial environment for growing healthy, disease resistant plants.

    Using compost:

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