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

  • Five CalRecycle Webpages You Should Know About

    CalRecycle’s website has more than 3,000 webpages to educate consumers, government entities, and business owners about responsible waste management and recycling. Chances are you come to our website looking for something specific, like where to recycle certain items or information about a newly implemented recycling law. Here is a list of other useful CalRecycle webpages.

    Recycling Starter Kits

    Did you know CalRecycle will send you a free starter kit? Whether you’re a schoolteacher or a private business owner, we will send you a complimentary black bin to collect California Refund Value (CRV) beverage containers.

    Green Building

    CalRecycle features an entire section of webpages dedicated to educating visitors about green building principles. Browse through case studies that describe how businesses have incorporated these into their building management plans. You can search the case studies by category, making it easy for homeowners, retail business owners, school facility managers, and large venue managers to find helpful information about sustainable buildings.

    Wastes Banned from the Trash

    Certain things just shouldn’t be tossed out carelessly. In fact, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground? Chemicals in hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air and water, and possibly the food we eat. Learn how to manage light bulbs, batteries, electronic devices, paint, and used oil in a responsible way.

    Backyard Composting DIY

    The best way to recycle your food waste is to compost it. If you have a curbside organics collection service that allows food waste, you can toss in those onion peels and apple cores. If not, you can start your own backyard composting bin. Compost adds nutrients to soil that benefit plants, and it increases soil’s water retention capacity, which is especially helpful during drought seasons. This webpage includes a recipe for compost, troubleshooting tips, and a guide to building your own composting bin.

    Waste Reduction

    Recycling is great, but preventing waste from being generated is even better. Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn how to reduce waste at home, at work, at school, and at special events. You can even find case studies that feature efforts to reduce and divert waste at events and sites throughout the state.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Nov 1, 2018

  • The Garbage Bin: It’s Not for Just Any Old Thing

    It might seem like you should be able to throw anything in your garbage bin, close the lid, roll it to the curb, and be done with it. That’s the service you’re paying the “hauler” for, right? To haul away all the stuff you don’t want anymore?

    Actually, no.

    Many household items are potentially hazardous for sanitation workers to handle and transport. They can also pose environmental hazards if they end up in a landfill. While it would be nice to be able to toss your dead batteries, used motor oil, and half-empty paint cans into the bin, your local hauler is not equipped to handle those items, known as household hazardous waste. You can’t put them in your recycling bin, either, for many of the same reasons.

    Here is a quick list of waste that’s banned from the trash bin and the recycling bin.

    • Batteries, including alkaline and lithium-ion, rechargeable and single-use, car batteries, and any other batteries.
    • Fluorescent lamps and tubes, including fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, and sodium vapor lamps.
    • Electronic devices, including computers, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and microwave ovens.
    • Sharps and medical waste
    • Pesticides and herbicides
    • Paints and solvents, including latex paint, oil-based paint, and paint thinner
    • Treated wood
    • Motor oil and filters

    Check Earth911’s search page to find out where to take these materials, and use our Where to Recycle map to find a used oil recycling center near you. You can also check our Local Government Household Hazardous Waste Websites directory. Some local governments offer HHW pickup, so check with yours about available services.

    Sure, doing a little research and then perhaps carting your own trash around is not as convenient as simply rolling it to the curb, but each of us has a responsibility to recycle right. You’ll be doing your part to protect the environment and the workers who handle your waste.

    For more detailed information, see our Wastes Banned from the Trash webpage.

    Posted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Sep 12, 2018