Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • Light Shows: Fireworks Without the Messy Cleanup

    This Fourth of July, Sacramento’s Cal Expo will have its traditional fireworks show. But for the California State Fair later this summer, the fairgrounds facility will not have a fireworks display. Instead, fair organizers have decided to use a drone light show. They say this is a way to be environmentally safer and more inclusive to those who are sensitive to loud explosions.

    While large fireworks shows can seem like a blast to view in person—pardon the pun—they often require massive post-show cleanups.

    For example, following the Super Bowl 50 fireworks show in San Francisco in 2016, four 5-gallon trash cans worth of pyrotechnic debris washed ashore at the San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. Two years ago, in Lake Tahoe, debris from a Fourth of July show washed up on a beach. And a similar incident happened in the Seattle area when volunteers picked up 533 pounds of trash (fireworks debris and other waste) in Lake Union after the Independence Day festivities.

    One area in California has already taken measures to keep fireworks show organizers accountable and have best practices in place to keep fireworks-related pollutants out of the water and to require cities to report post-show cleanup efforts. For a public fireworks display over any water body within the boundaries of the San Diego Region, the city or show organizer must receive a general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the San Diego Water Board.

    OK, let’s go back to the drone show. Does it even look halfway decent? Well, upon some review, the drone light show doesn’t seem half bad. And if this is a way to keep less debris from falling into our waters and ending up in our landfills, it may not be a bad option this summer or for years to come.

    If you’re in the Sacramento area, see both shows and see what you think!


    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on Jul 1, 2019

  • Video: Paradise Fire Cleanup

    CalRecycle-managed crews are making steady progress clearing fire debris in Butte County in the wake of November's Camp Fire. As of Monday, 3,327 properties have been cleared, and 673 of those have been inspected and received final clearance for rebuilding. Here is video footage of cleanup operations at Paradise Elementary School earlier this month. 

    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on May 30, 2019

  • Video: Camp Fire Debris Cleanup

    Earlier this week, contractors officially broke ground on the first house to be rebuilt in Butte County following last November’s devastating Camp Fire. CalRecycle has been tasked with managing debris removal for more 10,000 parcels in Butte County; so far, 1,785 properties have been cleared. This video gives an up-close look at the ongoing cleanup process.  

    Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on May 2, 2019