California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Landscape Waste Prevention

Sustainable Landscaping

Inefficiently managed landscapes increase maintenance costs and waste natural resources. In addition, excess fertilizers or pesticides pollute the environment. By utilizing sustainable landscaping practices, professional landscapers and homeowners produce beautiful landscapes that reduce maintenance costs and protect the environment.

Sustainable landscaping practices produce significant economic and environmental benefits. Savings include reduced labor, water and fertilizer costs, lower hauling expenses and disposal fees. Grasscycling, mulching, and composting practices enhance the soil. These practices increase the water-holding capacity of soil, reduce erosion, and conserve water. By applying necessary amounts of water, fertilizer, pruning and Integrated Pest Management, homeowners encourage healthier, disease-resistant plants. They can reduce the amount of pesticide, fertilizer, and other runoff that pollute creeks, lakes, and rivers.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) encourages the use of sustainable landscaping practices and participates in River-Friendly Landscaping Coalition (RFLC). The RFLC is a collaboration between public agencies, non-profit organizations, designers, private landscape architects, and contractors in the Greater Sacramento Region. Through sustainable landscaping practices, RFLC envisions improved health of communities and ecosystems in the Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills.

CalRecycle collaborates with the Department of Water Resources to promote the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (PDF, 417 KB). CalRecycle highlights ordinance provisions to surface apply compost that conserves water in landscaped plantings.

For a summary of funded projects, visit CalRecycle's Demonstration Projects page.

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Last updated: May 9, 2013
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