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

  • Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

    CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline to Speak on Food Waste at Affiliate Event

    This week marks the first Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The event commences on Wednesday, September 12, and concludes on Friday, September 14. You can follow along via live stream on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter

    The event will bring together leaders and citizens from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” Speakers include world leaders, scientists, CEOs, city mayors, musicians, and celebrities. Representing California, you’ll hear from:

    • California State Controller Betty Yee
    • California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra
    • Chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols
    • San Francisco Mayor London Breed
    • Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti
    • Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf

    CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline will be speaking at an affiliate event on Wednesday called “More Feast, Less Footprint: New Goals and Progress Towards Wasting Less Food.” Director Smithline will discuss “Financing the Change.”  You can livestream the event on Twitter via Periscope from the @PCCleads Twitter account, and a link will remain on the PCC Twitter feed for viewing after the broadcast concludes. The event starts at 1 p.m. on Sept.12, 2018, and Scott presents at 3:15 p.m. 

    Here are some additional details about the topics to be discussed, from the event website:

    “The impacts of wasted food are truly jaw dropping—approximately one third of food around the world goes uneaten, giving wasted food a collectively larger carbon footprint than any single country other than the US and China.

    “In fact, wasting less food is ranked the #3 solution for carbon impact by Project Drawdown—higher than building solar farms or planting trees.  Addressing wasted food also reduces pressure on land and water resources and creates opportunities to relieve food insecurity. It is a global problem that touches everyone.  Through collaborative actions across government and the private sector, we have an opportunity to address environmental, hunger, and climate change challenges.

    “Actions to reduce wasted food are garnering rapid uptake both nationally and internationally. Learn about new goals and the latest progress in both government and the private sector.”

    Food waste reduction is also part of a climate strategy to prevent waste disposal in landfills. Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of food and yard waste (collectively known as organic waste) in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. When landfilled, organic waste emits methane gas, a short-lived climate pollutant 70 times more powerful than CO2. California recently enacted SB 1383, which mandates the diversion of 50 percent of currently landfilled food and yard waste by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025, using a 2014 baseline. The law also establishes a  target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025.

    Food waste alone accounts for approximately 18 percent of total landfill disposal. Increasing food waste prevention and edible food rescue will benefit Californians who are unable to secure adequate, healthy food by diverting edible food to food banks and pantries, and help reduce methane emissions from organic waste disposed in California’s landfills.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Sep 10, 2018

  • Treat Yo’self and the Environment: Part I

    A How-To on Self-Care for You & the Planet

    Crochet Globe

    Work, family, friends, news, life—it can be tough out there! That’s why it is really important to slow down and make time to take care of yourself. If you don’t care for yourself, you won’t be able to give 100 percent to your family, friends, or work. So if you feel like you’re running on empty, here are a few ways you can fill up your tank while keeping the environment in mind.

    Couple walking in park during Autumn

    Walk It Off

    Walking has a number of benefits, especially when you do it in nature. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by strolling along a beach, in the woods, in a park, or on the countryside is a great way to integrate movement into your routine, get fresh air, appreciate the natural world, and reflect. Bonus points if you bring your dog!

    Dog at Spa

    Spa Day

    Treat yourself to an environmentally friendly spa day. The products used for manicures, pedicures, and facials sometimes contain chemicals that aren’t so kind to the planet, but the good news is sustainable spas are popping up all over the place. Scheduling a day to pamper yourself does wonders for your mood and can be a great way to recharge and relax.

    Laughing Girl Reading Book

    Reading is Fun-damental

    Been meaning to read that book everyone is talking about, but just haven’t made the time? Do it now! It’s a perfect way to escape for an hour (or more) and expand your mind at the same time. If you have an e-reader, download that must-read book. If you prefer turning pages of the latest page-turner, visit your local library or thrift store, or see if you can borrow a book instead of buying new. When you’re finished, pass the book on to someone else who also needs some “me” time. 

    Woman Crying

    Cry It Out

    Sometimes you just need to cry it out, and studies show that crying can relieve stress and be cathartic, too. If you decide to cry it out, invest in some nice hankies rather than using disposable tissues. Or, you can make them. Choose a fabric that feels soft on your nose and eyes, or even reuse fabric from your old favorite PJs. It’s an easy way to kick that disposable tissue habit, reuse fabric you already have, and relieve stress. 

    Awesome Mix Tape In Cassette Player

    Make a Playlist

    There isn’t a whole lot that feels better than listening to your favorite songs from your past. Find that mixtape you made as a kid, or visit your local secondhand music shop and pick up records, cassettes, or CDs you listened to when you were younger. Really want to throw it back and prevent waste? Find a thrift store and save that Walkman from a life in the landfill. Pop in that tape, put on those headphones, and do your best Star Lord dance around an intergalactic junkyard, or your living room.

    Self-care can play a big part in healthy mental and physical health! While it may seem selfish, carving out time to do things you enjoy can make a big difference in your mood and help you deal with life’s stressors. Stay tuned for more ideas on how you can do more for yourself with little impact on the earth. 

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Sep 5, 2018

  • Labor Day the Zero-Waste Way

    Labor Day The Zero Waste Way
    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Sep 3, 2018