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Waste Reduction & Recycling Resources

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These resources will help inform your waste reduction and recycling activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work.  You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.

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Alameda County Commercial Recycling Resources

StopWaste.org offers resources offers free waste prevention and recycling services to businesses and public agencies in Alameda County.

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Benefits of Solar-Powered Trash Cans Include Cost Savings, Fewer Garbage Trucks on the Road

A report to the Lodi City Council documents the savings in labor and fuel costs when 80 conventional trash cans are replaced by 20 solar-powered self-compacting trash cans.

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Building a Green Economy: The Recycled Market Development Zone Program Provides Help and Resources
Western City, May 2009

The Recycled Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program gives local governments tools to offer manufacturers a helping hand rather than a handout by providing affordable loans and technical assistance that can help a manufacturing business through the challenging formative stages of developing new recycled-materials products.

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CalRecycle

Officially known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle is a department within the California Natural Resources Agency. Access resources from CalRecyle for buying recycled products, reducing waste at venues and events, local ordinances and fact sheets and more here.

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Humboldt County Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide

HumboldtRecycling.org offers resources offers waste reduction tips for businesses and households.

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Irvine Reduce Reuse Recycle

The City of Irvine’s website offers resources for homeowners, businesses and developers.

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Manhattan Beach makes it Possible for Residents to Dispose of Pharmaceuticals with Drop Box

Manhattan Beach makes it possible for residents to dispose of pharmaceuticals through a drop box system– and protect water quality and waste management services at the same time.

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Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Waste

In order to determine the best option for minimizing emissions, waste managers need to be able to compare the greenhouse gas impacts of each waste management option. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides an overview and offers tools to help solid waste managers measure emissions from solid waste.

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Napa Audits Business Waste to Boost Recycling

Each year, the City of Napa determines its 25 largest commercial trash generators and automatically audits their waste composition in an effort to reduce trash and increase recycling.

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Paperless Express

This Stop Waste Partnership guide provides tips and tools for office workers and managers in business, government, and other organizations to reduce paper by using new technologies and in other ways.

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Portland Solid Waste and Recycling

The City of Portland has a goal to reduce waste and to raise the recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015.  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offers resource for thoughtful consumption, recycling, composting and garbage information.

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Recycling and Composting
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A report by the Materials Management Workgroup of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum (May 2011).

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Reducing Greenhouse Gases through Materials Management
Online Toolkit

This toolkit, created by the West Coast Climate Materials Management Forum, is an interactive tool to help local agency staff reduced greenhouse gas emissions through materials management strategies. 

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Redwood Empire Recycling Resources

North Bay Corporation offers business recycling and other waste management resources for communities in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

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Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority

The Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) is a joint powers authority of Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento.

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San Francisco Captures Organic Waste

Because California’s waste stream from businesses contains nearly 30 percent organic material, food and green waste are the next frontiers in recycling.

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Santa Barbara County Approaches Business Recycling from Several Angles

While Santa Barbara County’s 69 percent diversion rate was already considerably higher than the state-mandated 50 percent, it sought to divert even more materials from a near-capacity landfill.

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Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

A website offering information and resources on commercial & municipal composting as well as other recycling and waste reduction information.

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Special Event Best Practices Guide

Stop Waste Partnership booklet provides waste reduction and recycling tips for sporting events, concerts, conferences, festivals, farmers’ markets and other events. Includes summary of legal requirements, best practices, planning checklist, sample vendor contract language, and sample conservation policy for food service operations.

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StopWaste.Org

StopWaste.Org in Alameda County provides recycling and climate change information for local agencies.

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Working With Local Businesses to Increase Recycling

While residential recycling has become mainstream, the bigger challenge ahead for local governments is to increase recycling by retail, service, office and industrial businesses.

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