StopWaste.Org

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

Mission: Reducing the waste stream for Alameda County.

Operating as usual

Aside from harvesting winter greens and veggies, this season is also the right time to prune your deciduous trees. Check...
01/02/2021

Aside from harvesting winter greens and veggies, this season is also the right time to prune your deciduous trees. Check out this pruning guide for home fruit trees. https://bit.ly/3alXHDj

01/02/2021
Food Lifts Our Spirits

Welcome 2021! We launch the year with our new waste prevention campaign that promotes our shared value of food - to sustain us, nourish us, carry our traditions, and bring us together as a community. When we care for our food, we care for our community - our family, our neighbors.

We bring you storage tips, recipes, and more to help you get the most out of your food. Make it last longer, go further at StopFoodWaste.org.

01/01/2021
Keeping Greens Fresh

Cooking up some kickin' collard greens and black eyed peas is said to bring good luck in the South. What are some of YOUR New Year's food traditions? Let us know 👇🏼.

DYK that live holiday trees can be turned into valuable compost & mulch? 🎄Tree-cycle responsibly by first removing all t...
12/31/2020

DYK that live holiday trees can be turned into valuable compost & mulch? 🎄Tree-cycle responsibly by first removing all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, stands, & lights before putting out for curbside pickup (check with your local hauler for pick-up times).

There are also alternatives to tossing it - check with your local zoo to see if they take trees for animal habitats, use the branches to start a compost pile, or use it for backyard wildlife. Just don't let it end up in the landfill!

Pizza! A go-to meal for both celebrations and on the days you just can't. Did you know you can freeze the leftovers? Lea...
12/30/2020

Pizza! A go-to meal for both celebrations and on the days you just can't. Did you know you can freeze the leftovers? Learn the best ways to freeze and reheat your favorite pie. https://bit.ly/34w186r

Citrus is the zest of life! Love these yummy tips from CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education to use up all tha...
12/29/2020

Citrus is the zest of life! Love these yummy tips from CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education to use up all that citrus right now.

It’s lemon time!🍋 How many things can you make with lemons?
🍋 Lemonade of course!
🍋Squeeze some over fish or Brussels sprouts 😋😋
🍋Grate the rind and use in baking 🍋Take the rinds and immerse in vinegar for two weeks for an excellent de-greaser #lemons #garnish #baking #degreaser #lemonjuice #growyourown #stopfoodwaste

As you're sorting holiday wrapping stuff for curbside collection, set aside as much as possible to reuse for next year. ...
12/28/2020
Explained: How to Get Rid of Wrapping Paper, Bows, Ribbons and Cards

As you're sorting holiday wrapping stuff for curbside collection, set aside as much as possible to reuse for next year. Beyond salvable? Get tips for what goes in the recycle bin and what needs to go in your garbage (hint... metallic stuff). https://bit.ly/2KKWivv

NBC Bay Area’s Consumer Investigator Chris Chmura explains how to get rid of wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and cards in an environmentally-friendly way.

From supporting our local food system to buying just want you need and sharing with neighbors and friends, here's how to...
12/28/2020

From supporting our local food system to buying just want you need and sharing with neighbors and friends, here's how to be more intentional about food and waste less, from our friends at SF Environment. https://bit.ly/3aDtRdL

Leftover bread from a holiday dish? Give your stale bread a second life by turning it into this simple bread pudding. Ge...
12/27/2020

Leftover bread from a holiday dish? Give your stale bread a second life by turning it into this simple bread pudding. Get our tried and tested recipe! https://bit.ly/3pkd2s7

There's enough going on this time of year. It's ok to put the track on repeat in your kitchen. https://bit.ly/3pg2Lx5
12/26/2020

There's enough going on this time of year. It's ok to put the track on repeat in your kitchen. https://bit.ly/3pg2Lx5

Chilly winter days are the perfect time to browse seed catalogues. Our gardening page has a curated list of seed provide...
12/26/2020

Chilly winter days are the perfect time to browse seed catalogues. Our gardening page has a curated list of seed providers. There are many to choose from! https://bit.ly/38jbU0Z

Happy holidays! Before you toss gift wrap, use this handy guide to know what's recyclable or not (many types aren't) - a...
12/25/2020
Holiday Tip: Don’t Recycle Gift Wrap | Earth 911

Happy holidays! Before you toss gift wrap, use this handy guide to know what's recyclable or not (many types aren't) - and try and reuse what you can for next year.

Holiday gift wrap with glitter, metallic finish, or a texture is usually not recyclable. Your best bet is reusable wrapping or no wrapping at all.

Holiday cooking tip! Don't forget to compost your inedible food scraps. Keep a small tub near your cutting board to coll...
12/25/2020

Holiday cooking tip! Don't forget to compost your inedible food scraps. Keep a small tub near your cutting board to collect vegetable trimmings, then easily dump into the curbside green bin. Go one step further and save those onion peels, carrot skins, and celery tops in the freezer for a delicious veggie stock. 🍲

We're grateful to our communities and partners for all that you do for our environment and each other. It's been a hard ...
12/24/2020

We're grateful to our communities and partners for all that you do for our environment and each other. It's been a hard year, but your stories of strength and resilience keep us all going. Happy Holidays, from all of us at StopWaste. 💚

Kudos to our 2020 Business Efficiency Award winner Surplus Service in Fremont! Each month they repair and refurbish thou...
12/23/2020

Kudos to our 2020 Business Efficiency Award winner Surplus Service in Fremont! Each month they repair and refurbish thousands of pounds of monitors, hard drives and other e-waste, keeping valuable materials in use while creating good, green jobs.
Learn more at www.StopWaste.org/BEA.

City of Fremont, CA Government

Dried fruit is a sweet and festive treat that you can make and gift! We have lots of easy, tasty, no-waste (last minute)...
12/23/2020
Dried Apples

Dried fruit is a sweet and festive treat that you can make and gift! We have lots of easy, tasty, no-waste (last minute) gift ideas for you! https://bit.ly/2E3aKcO

Turn your extra apples into a healthy on-the-go snack by slicing and drying them.Ingredients: 5 Apples 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tsp cinnamon (optional) Wash and core apples (no need to peel). Slice apples thinly and evenly (1/4 inch), use a mandolin if possible. Submerge slices in a bowl with mixture o...

Need to clear out some space in your fridge and freezer for the upcoming holidays? Watch this video to get inspired to u...
12/22/2020

Need to clear out some space in your fridge and freezer for the upcoming holidays? Watch this video to get inspired to use up all those lingering bits and leftovers. https://bit.ly/3p6zIMy

Plants are a thoughtful, low waste gift but do require some important planning. Local nurseries can help guide you on th...
12/22/2020

Plants are a thoughtful, low waste gift but do require some important planning. Local nurseries can help guide you on the right choice depending on size, soil type preference, and sun/shade requirements so that it thrives in its new home. https://bit.ly/34yMOu0

Love this new podcast about quarantine cooking. Learn about cooking beans, freezing vegetables, and cooking using what y...
12/21/2020
Home Cooking

Love this new podcast about quarantine cooking. Learn about cooking beans, freezing vegetables, and cooking using what you have to prevent wasted food. https://bit.ly/3nEHfC3 Samin Nosrat

Home Cooking is a podcast from Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway. We want to help you figure out what to cook (and keep you company) during the quarantine! Have a question, story, or anxiety you want to share with us? Record a voice memo (instructions here!) and send it to us at [email protected]

Crafting with kids is fun, but what to do with that leftover stuff piling up around your house? Here's a helpful low-was...
12/19/2020

Crafting with kids is fun, but what to do with that leftover stuff piling up around your house? Here's a helpful low-waste guide to reusing and recycling common materials. https://bit.ly/2WoFb4S

12/18/2020
The Fresh Egg Test

Holiday baking and wondering if those eggs passed expiration date are still OK? Find out by doing this test. #StopFoodWaste

12/18/2020
Ends & Stems

Can you freeze sauces with dairy? What about tomato? Love these tips for how to freeze sauces for flavorful and easy meals. Thanks Ends & Stems!

Sauces are integral to eating well, every chef knows this. They can be time consuming to make from scratch and challenging to pull together quickly. If you have an arsenal in the freezer you'll be ready at a moment's notice. Listen in to find out which sauces freeze well and which do not.

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Want a simple dinner ideas? Get on this list for weekly ideas!
http://www.endsandstems.com/gettips

Or try the What's In My Fridge Recipe Finder:
https://endsandstems.com/whats-in-my-fridge-recipe-finder/

Ends+Stems Meal Plans to Reduce Household Food Waste

"Switching from one type of plastic to another cannot solve the plastics pollution crisis that we're facing." Lessons fr...
12/18/2020
China biodegradable plastics 'failing to solve pollution crisis'

"Switching from one type of plastic to another cannot solve the plastics pollution crisis that we're facing." Lessons from China on the pitfalls of "biodegradable plastic" via BBC.

China's increase in biodegradables is outpacing its ability to degrade plastic, warns Greenpeace.

Now accepting applications for our online StopWaste Environmental Educator Training course! You'll learn about the probl...
12/17/2020

Now accepting applications for our online StopWaste Environmental Educator Training course! You'll learn about the problem of wasted food, how to prevent it, and the value of a healthy, resilient community food system. Apply by Jan. 15 http://StopWaste.org/SWEET

Give the gift of reusables this year, and help keep single-use masks out of the landfill and our oceans. Thanks Californ...
12/17/2020
California Green Business Network

Give the gift of reusables this year, and help keep single-use masks out of the landfill and our oceans. Thanks California Green Business Network for the inspiration!

The pandemic has led to a rise in single-use masks being used around the world, eventually ending up in landfills and our oceans. This holiday🎄season, gift your friends and family reusable DIY or sustainably-made cloth face masks 😷thegoodtrade.com/features/reusable-face-masks

Congratulations to our 2020 Business Efficiency Award winners, recognized at a virtual ceremony today for their leadersh...
12/17/2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Business Efficiency Award winners, recognized at a virtual ceremony today for their leadership in upstream waste prevention through reuse, recycling, composting, and food waste prevention! 👏🏾 🎉 Surplus Service in City of Fremont, CA Government; First Street Alehouse in City of Livermore City Hall; Alameda Natural Grocery & Castro Valley Natural Grocery, and Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel. https://www.stopwaste.org/BEA

#StopWasteBusinessEfficiencyAwards

City of Alameda - Local Government, Castro Valley Sanitary District, Livermore Recycles, City of Berkeley Public Works Department City of Oakland - Local Government

12/16/2020
Test Your Soil Health with a Worm Count

The presence of worms in your garden tells you a lot about your soil and whether you need to add more compost. This video walks you through a Worm Count - a tool to check if your soil has enough organic matter. Healthy soil = healthy plants!

12/15/2020
Herbal Happiness

#TuesdayTip:Save $$. Find out the best ways to store your tasty herbs. Learn how at StopFoodWaste.org. #StopFoodWaste

The perfect zero waste gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life ... A reusable propane cylinder! Visit Refuel Your ...
12/15/2020

The perfect zero waste gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life ... A reusable propane cylinder! Visit Refuel Your Fun's map to find a local retailer selling reusables near you. https://bit.ly/3mcPcN6

California Product Stewardship Council

From discarded wrapping paper, retired e-waste, and uneaten leftovers, the holidays come with a lot of waste. But they d...
12/14/2020

From discarded wrapping paper, retired e-waste, and uneaten leftovers, the holidays come with a lot of waste. But they don't have to! Here's our new guide to a sustainable holiday. https://bit.ly/3nkyb4S

Skip the packaging waste this year and explore one of these 17 green gifts you can make in batches. Read on for ideas. h...
12/14/2020

Skip the packaging waste this year and explore one of these 17 green gifts you can make in batches. Read on for ideas. https://bit.ly/3a1boqZ

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1537 Webster St
Oakland, CA
94612-3355

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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.
  • Nearby government services


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    For years I was always getting notices about the drop off in Albany - now I get nothing and missed the 10/11 drop off. How can I sign up again for notices so this never happens again?
    Does anyone know of a place that recycles plastic bags with a triangle and # in the triangle?
    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