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StopWaste is a public agency that helps students, teachers and school district staff across Alameda County become leaders in waste prevention and recycling at school.
For activities and lessons, see our curriculum and videos.
School Program Overview
Please note that registration is closed for the 17-18 academic year.
Making good choices when purchasing food service ware products can be quite complicated. That’s because not all food ware marketed as “compostable” gets composted at the large-scale commercial composting facilities that process our county’s food scraps and food-soiled paper. Many factors play a role, including the ability to distinguish compostable and non-compostable food ware, the food ware item’s thickness as well as time spent going through the composting process.
If you purchase office supplies, you can find many products that are environmentally preferable. These products will have less of an impact on the environment and human health than competing products. For instance, you can help close the recycling loop and create demand for the materials collected for recycling by buying products made from postconsumer recycled paper or plastic.
Good news! Environmentally friendly paper towels, bathroom tissue, paper napkins and facial tissue are readily available in Alameda County.
This fact sheet can help businesses and institutions find environmentally preferable cleaning products that can handle the same commercial, industrial, and residential cleaning needs as traditional cleansers.
California is in the midst of an extreme drought, and we're all doing our share to save water. But that doesn't mean our yards and gardens have to be barren landscapes.