California Heartland is a weekly half-hour public television series produced by KVIE Channel 6 in Sacramento, that focuses on California agriculture. Information about waste prevention, compost, and sustainable concepts are highlighted in various segments throughout the year.

Since a goal of CalRecycle is to divert compostable materials from landfills by turning it into useful soil amendments and other products, this unique and excellent show provided CalRecycle with significant visibility by presenting the message about compost to urban and rural television viewers throughout California.

The graph below shows the overall increase in the number of visits to the CalRecycle's website from the California Heartland's website from 1999 through 2002, during the time CalRecycle sponsored the show.

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Website Visits
Year Number of 
Website Visits
199820,000
199970,000
2000100,000
2001264,000
2002260,000

Sponsorship of Televised Programming
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) was a proud sponsor of California Heartland.The show provided an opportunity to reach landscapers and homeowners, since the message that CalRecycle "is helping communities to recycle yard trimmings into compost" was viewed and heard in homes throughout California every week in a 10-second promotional spot before and after each show.

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