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

  • What CalRecyclers Do: A Quick Primer

    Do you ever wonder just what it is we do at CalRecycle? See the short video below for a fun overview!

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Jul 27, 2017

  • What Do You Know About Compost?

    Did you know this week is International Compost Awareness Week? If you’re not already composting, there’s no better time to start! Kiss the Ground’s new video lays out the critical problem of food waste decomposing in landfills and generating greenhouse gas, and presents an easy alternative: composting. Did you know compost adds nutrients to the soil, making food grown in that soil more nutritious? It also helps soil retain water, so crops that are treated with compost need less water to grow. The list of benefits goes on, but it’s more fun to let the advocates in the following video, many of whom you will likely recognize, present the case. Without further ado, please see “The Compost Story,” and join the Compost Challenge.

    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on May 11, 2017

  • Recycle Your e-Waste – Here’s How

    Sometimes we want to do the right thing and recycle, but for some materials, we just don’t know how to go about it. Many of us don’t even know what electronic waste is, and we certainly don’t know what to do with it when we don’t want it anymore.

    When in Doubt, Don’t Throw It Out!

    It is illegal to throw away electronic waste in the regular garbage. If you can’t find it a new home, electronic waste must be recycled at an approved facility.

    Check for an approved e-waste recycling facility near you.

    Health and Safety Concerns

    Electronic waste contains hazardous materials, predominantly lead and mercury, and is therefore not only dangerous to our environment if disposed improperly, it is also a health hazard to people who have to handle it, such as waste management facility employees.

    Other Recycling Options

    If the item isn’t broken and is still usable, consider giving it a second life in your own home. Parents who upgrade their cell phones can give their older phones to children for use as music and gaming devices. If you’ve upgraded your microwave, consider moving the older one to an office or garage to use it there. If you are done with the device or appliance, consider donating it to a local nonprofit and giving it a second life. Many thrift stores will repair electronics for resale, so call and ask, even if your device appears to have given up the ghost.

    Types of Electronic Waste

    Here is a brief list of items that constitute electronic waste.

    • Computer monitors
    • Central processing units (CPUs)
    • Laptop computers
    • Printers
    • Cell phones, cordless phones, answering machines
    • Televisions (both flat screens and tube-types)
    • VCRs
    • Microwave ovens
    • Radios
    • Electric cords and miscellaneous accessories
    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Apr 24, 2017