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StopWaste.Org www.StopWaste.Org StopWaste is a public agency that helps Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less, recycle properly, and use water, energy, and other resources efficiently.
StopWaste helps Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less, recycle properly, and use water, energy, and other resources efficiently.
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Asparagus storage tip: Trim ends and place in a glass of water just like a bouquet before refrigerating to keep this tre...
06/20/2020
Asparagus

Asparagus storage tip: Trim ends and place in a glass of water just like a bouquet before refrigerating to keep this treat fresher longer.

Treat your asparagus like flowers and keep them fresh longer!

Is your business or work place gearing up to reopen? As you think about how to do business in our new COVID-19 world, do...
06/19/2020

Is your business or work place gearing up to reopen? As you think about how to do business in our new COVID-19 world, don’t forget to include your garbage and recycling setup. Join our free webinar on June 25 for a refresher on the recycling rules for Alameda County businesses and to learn more about the free resources available to help your business (and work place) recycle and compost right! https://bit.ly/2YcqVOi

Some fresh produce is just inherently more enduring than others. We've done some research and provided a short list of t...
06/18/2020
Long-lasting Produce

Some fresh produce is just inherently more enduring than others. We've done some research and provided a short list of these long-lasting items below, along with links to tips to make sure they stay fresh as long as possible!

Reduce your trips to the grocery store by choosing fresh produce items that naturally keep their quality longer.Some fresh produce is just inherently more enduring than others. We've done some research and provided a short list of these long-lasting items below, along with links to StopFoodWaste tip...

Blueberries love acidic soil, as this happy plant can attest: it grew juicy fruits with the help of coffee grounds. So b...
06/18/2020

Blueberries love acidic soil, as this happy plant can attest: it grew juicy fruits with the help of coffee grounds. So before you compost your grounds, sprinkle a few cups beneath each blueberry bush to give the soil a healthy boost. Have you tried it?

How is your garden growing? If you find your plants burdened with too many pests, here are some earth-friendly and non-t...
06/17/2020
Pests: Organic Management

How is your garden growing? If you find your plants burdened with too many pests, here are some earth-friendly and non-toxic ways to manage them.

In all our years of gardening, there is one thing we know for sure--pests can find their way into our gardens. Experience has given us a few organic means of combatting these pests. (for tips on prevention methods see: Pests: Prevention Methods ). Some general tips to keep in mind: Controlling pest'...

Wondering what to do with an overripe watermelon or the seeds and pulp of a cantaloupe? Try these for a refreshing treat...
06/17/2020
Agua Fresca / Melon Sa Malamig

Wondering what to do with an overripe watermelon or the seeds and pulp of a cantaloupe? Try these for a refreshing treat on a hot day.

If your fridge is full of summer fruits and salads with little space for another half melon, try making an Agua Fresca or experiment with the Filipino version, "Melon Sa Malamig", or "Cold Melon Drink".The basic ingredients for Agua Fresca are just fruit and water. The amount of water, and possibly....

Changing the motor oil of your boat or jet ski? Find out how and where to recycle your used oil & filters. https://bit.l...
06/17/2020

Changing the motor oil of your boat or jet ski? Find out how and where to recycle your used oil & filters. https://bit.ly/2YFMeHb

Reducing food waste starts with mindful shopping. Adopt these shopping habits to make your trips to the grocery store mo...
06/16/2020
Shopping Tips

Reducing food waste starts with mindful shopping. Adopt these shopping habits to make your trips to the grocery store more efficient.

Shopping tips for reducing food waste

Beyond compost, surprising things you can do with your wonderful smorgasbord of food scraps - natural dye, creative mixe...
06/15/2020
How to Embrace Your Inner Trash Animal

Beyond compost, surprising things you can do with your wonderful smorgasbord of food scraps - natural dye, creative mixes, and tallow candles included.

There’s a lot you can do with the food scraps you usually throw away.

Want to learn more about bees and how they benefit our plants? Join pollinator expert Matthew Shepherd with The Xerces S...
06/15/2020

Want to learn more about bees and how they benefit our plants? Join pollinator expert Matthew Shepherd with The Xerces Society on June 18 for this intro to native bees and tips on how you can provide what they need in small spaces. Get details: https://bit.ly/3hi3Np5

Do you love the sweet smell of oranges? Repurpose your leftover orange peels and make a citrus-scented candle with just ...
06/14/2020
Orange Candle

Do you love the sweet smell of oranges? Repurpose your leftover orange peels and make a citrus-scented candle with just your peels and some oil! https://bit.ly/3hnIORV

Orange Candle: This instructable will show how to make a candle from any citrus and kitchen oil in minutes.

Make the last of the season's lemons last with this easy preservation method that gives a flavor boost to your dishes.
06/12/2020
Preserved Lemons

Make the last of the season's lemons last with this easy preservation method that gives a flavor boost to your dishes.

A staple in Moroccan cooking, this flavorful condiment is a great way to use up extra lemons.A staple in Moroccan cooking, preserved lemons add a tart, salty, floral flavor to many dishes, from roasted chicken to salads and dips. Makes about two pint-sized jars. Ingredients: 6-8 whole lemons 4-5 tab...

06/11/2020
How to Grow Radish Sprouts

Sprouts are one of the easiest and most nutritious foods to grow inside. Simply leave your sprout container next to the sink to rinse the grains quickly every morning and evening. In about four days, you will have grown radish sprouts! Read more on the benefits of sprouting and how to create your own sprouting jar at home. https://bit.ly/30zbWQ4

Is urban gardening and community agriculture the next green revolution? Imagine, what if every empty patch, every balcon...
06/11/2020
Urban Gardening – The Food Revolution

Is urban gardening and community agriculture the next green revolution? Imagine, what if every empty patch, every balcony, and every lawn in our cities were turned into food growing gardens?

Even if we don’t have gardens of our own, there is an array of ways to grow food right in our cities! This concept is called urban gardening or urban farming. And it’s got a surprisingly rich & interesting history… Could urban gardening, along with community supported agriculture, be the next ...

Cooked, raw, wrapped or slaw. Cabbage is versatile, cheap and keeps for a long time if stored correctly.
06/10/2020
Cabbage

Cooked, raw, wrapped or slaw. Cabbage is versatile, cheap and keeps for a long time if stored correctly.

Cabbage can keep for up to 2 months in your fridge if stored properly!Regular old green cabbage, as well as other similar cruciferous vegetables, such as bok choy, brussel sprouts, and red cabbage, should be stored in sealed containers in the fridge to maintian the longest shelf life (up to 1-2 mont...

EEK! 😱 We understand everyone is eager to move on their stuff from spring cleaning, but please hold on to donated items ...
06/10/2020

EEK! 😱 We understand everyone is eager to move on their stuff from spring cleaning, but please hold on to donated items until local drop-off sites have reopened. Thanks for keeping our communities clean!

Nothing says summer like eating a fresh peach, plum or a handful of sweet cherries. Check out these tips from StopWaste ...
06/10/2020
Stone Fruits

Nothing says summer like eating a fresh peach, plum or a handful of sweet cherries. Check out these tips from StopWaste to keep your summer fruit fresh.

The trick to properly storing fresh stone fruit is to make sure they don't get too cold before they fully ripen. Exposing stone fruits to cold too early can cause them to take on a grainy texture. Handle nectarines, peaches, apricots, and plums carefully as they spoil quickly if bruised. Store unwas...

When school was suspended due to COVID-19, Alameda Unified School District's Food and Nutrition Services director had on...
06/09/2020

When school was suspended due to COVID-19, Alameda Unified School District's Food and Nutrition Services director had on hand 4,000 cartons of milk that was ordered for student breakfasts and lunches. Rather than letting it go to waste, the district paired with Girl Scouts of Northern California to surprise families with donated cookies and milk. 🥛 🍪 We love this food rescue coincidence that brought community together! You can read the full story here: https://bit.ly/3cNVv54

Ginger adds vibrant flavor to your dishes, and many also say it has many healthful benefits. Learn how to have it on the...
06/08/2020
Ginger

Ginger adds vibrant flavor to your dishes, and many also say it has many healthful benefits. Learn how to have it on the ready for your next dish, tonic, or tea.

Try some of these simple ways to extend the life span of your tasty and healthful ginger.To maximize the shelf life of fresh ginger, refrigerate in plastic bag. We've also tried storing ginger submerged in water (see photo) in the fridge. This makes the ginger easier to peel once you need to use it,...

Today we would like to celebrate Sophia Nunag from Alameda Science & Technology Institute and winner of our May the 4Rs ...
06/06/2020

Today we would like to celebrate Sophia Nunag from Alameda Science & Technology Institute and winner of our May the 4Rs be with you Contest for encouraging awareness and action to protect the environment on World Environment Day. 🌏 👏🏽

“My 4Rs are reusing, rethinking, repurpose, and reducing. I chose these specific 4Rs because it is an easy thing that I can do even if it is just a small thing… I chose to rethink because I will think before I will do something that can affect the environment in a good or in a bad way.” Positive manageable actions really do add up to create the change we want to see in the world. Congrats, Sophia!

"It's impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality." For World Environment Day, one thing we can all do is...
06/05/2020
Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism

"It's impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality." For World Environment Day, one thing we can all do is educate ourselves about the intersectionality between inequality and the broader climate crisis. We found this article helpful.

It’s impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality, activists say.

Freeze your cheese! This is one of our favorite tricks to keep cheese - especially shredded - from going funky. #nationa...
06/04/2020

Freeze your cheese! This is one of our favorite tricks to keep cheese - especially shredded - from going funky. #nationalcheeseday

To our community and communities across the nation - we stand in solidarity with you in the fight for equality and justi...
06/04/2020

To our community and communities across the nation - we stand in solidarity with you in the fight for equality and justice. Thank you for your strength, sacrifice, and collective action. ❤️

06/03/2020
Fresh Egg Test

Get a crack on National Egg Day! 🐣 🐣 Find out whether your eggs are still fresh with this easy trick. #StopFoodWaste

Cherries! So delicious and here for a blink of an eye. Keep those brilliant gems firm and delicious with these easy stor...
06/01/2020
Cherries

Cherries! So delicious and here for a blink of an eye. Keep those brilliant gems firm and delicious with these easy storage tips.

Similar to berries, store unwashed cherries in the refrigerator in a sealed container lined with paper towel.Unlike other stone fruits (those with hard pits), cherries do not continue to ripen once picked. This means that, unless you plan to eat all your cherries once you get them home, they should....

We are hoping that Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities will be able to open soon for easy, contactless d...
06/01/2020

We are hoping that Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities will be able to open soon for easy, contactless drop-off of your old paints, e-waste, pesticides, & more. In preparation, please review the below protocols, including bringing your driver's license and wearing a mask. For hours and exact opening dates when they are available visit www.StopWaste.org/HHW.

Delicious and delicate! Peaches, nectarines and apricots are coming into season. Find out how to handle and store them s...
05/31/2020
Stone Fruits

Delicious and delicate! Peaches, nectarines and apricots are coming into season. Find out how to handle and store them so you get to eat them just the way you like them.

The trick to properly storing fresh stone fruit is to make sure they don't get too cold before they fully ripen. Exposing stone fruits to cold too early can cause them to take on a grainy texture. Handle nectarines, peaches, apricots, and plums carefully as they spoil quickly if bruised. Store unwas...

Don't miss the chance to participate (and win cash!) in our School's Team May the 4 R's Be With You Contest! Inspire you...
05/30/2020

Don't miss the chance to participate (and win cash!) in our School's Team May the 4 R's Be With You Contest! Inspire your community to take action and create a piece of art that represents how you are part of the (Re)Generation. Showcase how you use the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot) or come up with your own (R) actions to inspire others. DEADLINE TOMORROW! Submission details here: https://bit.ly/3gC6UrE

Behold! Here are six positive actions that help us to manage our food better during COVID-19 and beyond from Love Food H...
05/29/2020

Behold! Here are six positive actions that help us to manage our food better during COVID-19 and beyond from Love Food Hate Waste - Community https://bit.ly/2yjxncw

05/28/2020
How to Compost at Home

Compost is at the root of building healthy soil. Learn the basics of composting from Lori Caldwell in our How to Compost video!

Not a smoothie fan? Run out of flour? Have stale graham (or animal) crackers? Turn mushy bananas into a pie-tastic summe...
05/27/2020
Makeshift Banana Cream Pie

Not a smoothie fan? Run out of flour? Have stale graham (or animal) crackers? Turn mushy bananas into a pie-tastic summer treat!

Craving banana cream pie? This simple recipe saved the day and some ingredients from the compost bin!Banana bread has been trending in recent weeks, but when I found my bananas going brown the other day, I was ready to move on to a more summery banana treat (and am running low on precious flour). A....

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A Public Agency Reducing Waste in Alameda County

StopWaste helps Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less, recycle properly, and use water, energy, and other resources efficiently.

At home, we:


  • Reduce wasted food by helping residents plan, store, eat, and compost food efficiently.

  • Provide free drop-off of household hazardous waste to keep toxins out of the landfill.

  • Help keep plastics out of our creeks and the Bay through implementation of the reusable bag law.
  • At work, we:


  • Help businesses and property managers comply with ordinances for mandatory recycling and composting.

  • Support local businesses in the adoption of more sustainable packaging.

  • Assist food generators in donating food that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
  • At school and in the community, we:


  • Help students address environmental issues and put the 4Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot/Compost - into practice.

  • Provide grants and support to local organizations for innovative reuse and wasted food reduction projects.

  • Develop and run energy upgrade programs to make multifamily buildings more comfortable and efficient.
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    Hello, I live in San Lorenzo and am wondering if anyone knows where I can recycle clothes (socks, shirts, pants, jeans, etc.) that are no longer in condition to be donated.
    Any ideas for how best to dispose of textbooks and other books with a deadline looming? Asking for a friend who is a teacher librarian in Oakland Unified. She says they unload a lot of books every year. Thanks in advance.
    any groups that might be in need of a conference table. (no chairs) . It has 3 leaves and can expand another 5 1/2 feet. It could hold 12 people. It has some minor scuffs from a magic marker, but could easily be lightly sanded away. message me at 2Agoodcause.org
    So the Replanet recycling center I go to says they will no longer accept these milk containers. Can they be recycled anywhere?
    I'm thinking maybe we could look into getting these here for the Oakland Marathon and Bay to Breakers. Anyone have any contacts?
    How do I discard used cooking oil?
    Help stop Corporate Greed and Waste Good Morning, I have a plea here for your help. Starting Feb 7 through Feb 13, Joann's Fabric stores, nationwide is running a trade in your old sewing machine sale. While I understand you may not consider old sewing machines to be newsworthy, my problem is this: I have contacted Joann's Corporate and have not received a response. First I was told the machines would be donated and or scrapped/ trashed. Other concerned citizens have approached individual store managers and have been told the machines will be destroyed. My issue is many old machines that are made of all metal are so well built they are still working today and are better built than the plastic machines sold today. It is bad for the environment for Joann's to trash sewing machines. We need to reduce the amount of trash and keep things from going in landfills. As a large corporation Joann's should care more for the environment and set a positive example. This is similar to the cash for clunkers program that had negative effects on the environment and removed low cost vehicles from circulation. Can you please help me to expose Joann for their plan to destroy valuable sewing machines. Please help me to keep these out of the landfills and force Joann's to do the right thing. Thank you. Holly
    Is it true that your trucks keeps track of when each bin is picked up for each residence on pickup day? I was told that today when I called because my green bin was not picked up yesterday.
    I am wondering if any elementary schools in the Bay Area or anywhere uses the pump bottles for ketchup in the cafeteria. My school still uses the individual packets which seems very unfriendly to the environment. I am hoping to promote more green practices at school. Thank you.
    "Friends don't let friends use plastic bags..." #gold :) https://www.facebook.com/croppzonline/posts/684978585167203
    We love you Stopwaste! At Oakland Zoo, we are making signs for our compost and recycling bins. What is the proper place for Juice Boxes and small kids milk cartons? Thanks wise ones!