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How to take advantage of new federal incentives this :Did you know the first phase of incentives through the landmark In...
02/05/2023

How to take advantage of new federal incentives this :

Did you know the first phase of incentives through the landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are now available? Homeowners can now claim tax credits for a range of -related upgrades, including $7,500 for an electric vehicle and $2,000 for a heat pump. Rewiring America has an IRA calculator that shows you which incentives you may qualify for, check it out: https://www.rewiringamerica.org/app/ira-calculator

With so many tax credits and rebate programs out there and more on the way, it can be hard to know what you are missing. Luckily, Bay Area Regional Energy Network’s expert energy advisors keep track of all available programs and can help you plan your project to make sure you are getting the best deal! Speak with a BayREN energy advisor for free: https://www.bayren.org/energy-advisor

Need to clear out some space in your fridge and freezer? Try a Hero Recipe! A Hero Recipe comes to the rescue to use up ...
02/04/2023

Need to clear out some space in your fridge and freezer? Try a Hero Recipe! A Hero Recipe comes to the rescue to use up all those lingering bits of ingredients and leftovers and puts them all to good use. Get inspiration: https://stopfoodwaste.org/tips/eat/hero-recipes

We're offering $1.1 million in funding for waste prevention grants to nonprofits, businesses, and institutions. Are you ...
02/03/2023

We're offering $1.1 million in funding for waste prevention grants to nonprofits, businesses, and institutions. Are you interested in applying but not sure where to start? Check out the informational webinar recording to learn about eligibility, the application process, and more: https://bit.ly/3X1bwvq

Are you prepared for the lower temperatures this week? Revisit our tips to stay warm:
02/01/2023

Are you prepared for the lower temperatures this week? Revisit our tips to stay warm:

Cold winter weather often brings high energy bills, especially if you have an inefficient furnace or a drafty home. Here are some tips to stay warm, and save energy and money in the new year:

👉 Use natural lighting: Open your blinds on clear days and let the sunlight warm your home. When the sun’s not out, close your curtains for an extra layer of insulation in front of your windows.
👉 Cover hard floors: Rugs are not only decorative; they can also provide insulation from your crawlspace and keep your feet warm.
👉 Heat only the space you need: If you spend a lot of time in one part of your house, such as at a desk, consider using a portable electric space heater during the day rather than spending energy heating rooms that are not in use.
👉 Bundle up: Throw on an extra sweater or blanket, then set your thermostat to 68⁰ or lower when awake and 62⁰ or lower when asleep or not home.

The Waste Prevention Grants Info Webinar starts in 5 minutes, register now to join!https://stopwaste.zoom.us/webinar/reg...
01/31/2023

The Waste Prevention Grants Info Webinar starts in 5 minutes, register now to join!

https://stopwaste.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C5iDZgINRUqpnbxhQoBsyw?fbclid=IwAR3U0t2n0mbjZwBc1_Sh4E-Xbalg9cNzqy9ZybLvo7YjGc9qX2cPk1VfnlI

📣 Spread the word! The Waste Prevention Grants Informational Webinar is this Tuesday, January 31. Register to:
• Learn about the six different grant categories
• Determine your project’s eligibility
• Get tips for the application process
• Ask us questions!

Register now: https://bit.ly/3Xzx7w1

Oh no! Is your lettuce 🥬 wilted 😔 ? Revive your greens with this simple tip: soak the leaves in an ice-water bath for up...
01/31/2023

Oh no! Is your lettuce 🥬 wilted 😔 ? Revive your greens with this simple tip: soak the leaves in an ice-water bath for up to 30 minutes and watch your lettuce get its crunch back 😃 . For more tips on how to get full value from your produce and stretch your budget, visit: https://stopfoodwaste.org/tips/store/lettuce

📣 Spread the word! The Waste Prevention Grants Informational Webinar is this Tuesday, January 31. Register to:• Learn ab...
01/29/2023

📣 Spread the word! The Waste Prevention Grants Informational Webinar is this Tuesday, January 31. Register to:
• Learn about the six different grant categories
• Determine your project’s eligibility
• Get tips for the application process
• Ask us questions!

Register now: https://bit.ly/3Xzx7w1

Is it too early to start thinking about your spring garden? Nope! Join Compost Gal Lori Caldwell to learn about topics s...
01/27/2023
Gardening Series: Prepping Your Garden for Spring with Tips for New Gardeners

Is it too early to start thinking about your spring garden? Nope! Join Compost Gal Lori Caldwell to learn about topics such as seeds vs. starts, crop rotation, building healthy soil, great crops for spring, and tips for first-time gardeners tomorrow, January 28.

Register now:
https://bit.ly/3HbIx2h

For additional upcoming gardening events, visit our calendar: https://bit.ly/3ewL1d4

It's not to soon to start thinking about your spring and summer gardens! Join Compost Gal Lori Caldwell to learn about topics such as seeds vs. starts, crop rotation, building healthy soil, great crops for spring and transitioning from your fall garden will be covered. Lori will also cover the basic...

Did you leave your apples out for a few days too long and now no one wants to eat them? 🙋‍♂️ Save those mushy apples🍎 🍏 ...
01/26/2023
Mushy Apple Muffins (Video)

Did you leave your apples out for a few days too long and now no one wants to eat them? 🙋‍♂️ Save those mushy apples🍎 🍏 from the compost bin and transform them into homemade applesauce and whole wheat muffins. Learn how with Elise, educator at 18 Reasons, in this step-by-step video: https://bit.ly/3Jp4tJM

Mushy apple magic! From overripe apples, to applesauce, to whole wheat muffins. Have you ever left apples out for a few days too long and now no one wants to eat them? Elise, an educator at 18 Reasons, has too. Watch the video above to learn how to save those mushy apples from the compost bin and tr...

Interested in applying for one of our waste prevention grants, but not sure where to start? Join our free informational ...
01/25/2023

Interested in applying for one of our waste prevention grants, but not sure where to start? Join our free informational webinar on January 31 at 4 PM to learn about the six different grant categories and types of projects eligible for funding, and to ask questions!

Register today to secure your spot: https://bit.ly/3Xzx7w1

It's not too late to  ♻️  your Christmas tree 🌲 !Many haulers are still collecting trees to be taken to a compost facili...
01/23/2023

It's not too late to ♻️ your Christmas tree 🌲 !

Many haulers are still collecting trees to be taken to a compost facility to be turned into mulch and compost through the end of January. Some may request you place your cut-up tree in your compost bin. Check in with your local hauler for instructions, pick-up days, and times.

Find your hauler here 👉 : https://resource.stopwaste.org/curbside

Also, remember to remove all decorations, nails, plastic bags, lights, and stands before putting your tree out for curbside pick-up.

Is your spring cleaning complete? Many are preparing for the first day of the  on Sunday, January 22 by doing a deep cle...
01/21/2023

Is your spring cleaning complete? Many are preparing for the first day of the on Sunday, January 22 by doing a deep clean of their homes to help sweep 🧹bad luck away and welcome good fortune ✨ . Whether you are preparing to welcome the year of the 🐇 or working on your 's resolution to waste less food, remember to do a fridge clean out!

Take inventory of what you already have and examine what is getting thrown out in your home with our 10-Minute Fridge Check guide. By noting all items that are spoiled or not edible, it'll help you understand why it was thrown away and how you might be able to prevent this moving forward.

Get the guide! https://stopfoodwaste.org/fridge-reality-check

01/20/2023

Enjoy your popcorn 🍿 without the waste and or toxic chemicals! 🙌

Newspaper liner is a great alternative to compostable liner bags to keep your kitchen compost pail cleaner. Check out th...
01/19/2023

Newspaper liner is a great alternative to compostable liner bags to keep your kitchen compost pail cleaner. Check out this newspaper folding method:

Winter is the season for pruning most fruit trees! Our friends at UC Agriculture & Natural Resources have a great resour...
01/18/2023

Winter is the season for pruning most fruit trees! Our friends at UC Agriculture & Natural Resources have a great resource to guide your winter pruning: https://bit.ly/3H47N8V

Looking to give back to your community in 2023? Volunteer for Oakland's MLK Day of Service on January 16 to help clean u...
01/16/2023

Looking to give back to your community in 2023? Volunteer for Oakland's MLK Day of Service on January 16 to help clean up parks, open spaces, and neighborhoods.

Details here: https://hubs.la/Q01y7VNH0

MLK Day of Service is HERE! Come join your neighbors TODAY at volunteer locations across Oakland, like this one at Union Point Park! Post photos and share your experience with the hashtags . Remember to visit https://hubs.la/Q01y7VNH0 to check on the status of your neighborhood's event!

When life gives you lemons (or any other citrus) 🍋 🍊 , use the peels to make a non-toxic citrus peel cleaner: https://bi...
01/16/2023

When life gives you lemons (or any other citrus) 🍋 🍊 , use the peels to make a non-toxic citrus peel cleaner: https://bit.ly/2O1QLz8

Are your pots and pans looking dirty and overused? It may not be time to replace them just yet. Give them back their shi...
01/14/2023

Are your pots and pans looking dirty and overused? It may not be time to replace them just yet. Give them back their shine by cleaning them with baking soda!

Use two parts baking soda and one part water to make a paste. Apply to your pots and pans and let them sit for an hour. Then, use a sponge to clean them.

If you are looking to replace your pots and pans, check out RE:Source for the best ways to reuse, repair, recycle, and safely dispose of them: https://bit.ly/3vtIBoE

Cold winter weather often brings high energy bills, especially if you have an inefficient furnace or a drafty home. Here...
01/14/2023

Cold winter weather often brings high energy bills, especially if you have an inefficient furnace or a drafty home. Here are some tips to stay warm, and save energy and money in the new year:

👉 Use natural lighting: Open your blinds on clear days and let the sunlight warm your home. When the sun’s not out, close your curtains for an extra layer of insulation in front of your windows.
👉 Cover hard floors: Rugs are not only decorative; they can also provide insulation from your crawlspace and keep your feet warm.
👉 Heat only the space you need: If you spend a lot of time in one part of your house, such as at a desk, consider using a portable electric space heater during the day rather than spending energy heating rooms that are not in use.
👉 Bundle up: Throw on an extra sweater or blanket, then set your thermostat to 68⁰ or lower when awake and 62⁰ or lower when asleep or not home.

Recycle your e-waste for free or for a small fee at The Plant Exchange this Saturday, January 14th. For a list of items ...
01/13/2023
E-Waste Recycling Event THIS Saturday, Scoop Free Compost , Shop Green Elephant

Recycle your e-waste for free or for a small fee at The Plant Exchange this Saturday, January 14th.

For a list of items accepted, click the link below:

Rain or Shine View as Webpage   SATURDAY • JANUARY 14 • 9am-1pm   RAIN OR SHINE GATHER UP YOUR E-WASTE and bring it to The Plant Exchange parking lot this Saturday to be collected by Recycle1234 for p

Set yourself up for success by starting the year with easy tips that can help you save money 💲  and make the most of you...
01/12/2023

Set yourself up for success by starting the year with easy tips that can help you save money 💲 and make the most of your food🥘 . Small shifts in the way you plan, store, and eat can make a huge difference to your budget and waste. Try one or all five of the tips in our blog to help keep your food budget down ⬇️ this year, make the most of the food that you already have, and in the process, reduce your climate footprint!

Get the five tips: https://bit.ly/3W9c2XM

Do you know a nonprofit or business in  that has innovative ideas to prevent waste? StopWaste.Org is offering $1.1 milli...
01/11/2023

Do you know a nonprofit or business in that has innovative ideas to prevent waste? StopWaste.Org is offering $1.1 million in funding for food waste prevention & recovery, food donation equipment, community food systems, reusable foodware, reuse & repair, and reusable transport packaging. Deadline to apply is March 3.

Learn more: www.stopwaste.org/grants

As you declutter your home for the new year, remember to clear your home of toxic chemicals. Items like batteries, pesti...
01/09/2023

As you declutter your home for the new year, remember to clear your home of toxic chemicals. Items like batteries, pesticides, auto fluids, gasoline, and damaged or empty propane tanks are considered hazardous waste and do not belong in recycling or garbage bins. Accidents can cause spills, fires, and pollution of our waterways.

Safely dispose of your household hazardous waste for free at one of four household hazardous waste facilities in Alameda County: https://bit.ly/3QsViKb

 Electronic waste is one of the fastest-growing segments of our nation’s waste stream? If you are replacing your electro...
01/06/2023

Electronic waste is one of the fastest-growing segments of our nation’s waste stream? If you are replacing your electronics, recycle and dispose of them properly. The Plant Exchange is hosting a free recycling event on Saturday, January 13 from 9AM - 1PM (rain or shine).

You can recycle the following for free: computer monitors, televisions, PC’s, servers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, wire, networking gear, UPS/APC, main frame units, and landline phones.

For more information: https://www.theplantexchange.com/

Start 2023 fresh with a clean fridge and a plan to throw away less food. After all, reducing food waste is one of the ea...
01/05/2023
New Year's Fridge Clean-out

Start 2023 fresh with a clean fridge and a plan to throw away less food. After all, reducing food waste is one of the easiest things you can do to fight climate change!

Two strategies to try:
- Make the most of what you have in your fridge
- Create new routines like making a shopping list before heading out to the grocery store to buy only what is needed

Read on for more ideas:

Make 2022 the year you waste less food - while saving money, fighting climate change and eating healthier!Starting 2022 fresh with a clean fridge and a plan to throw away less food. It’s a new year, and like most people, I have many good intentions (although I'm not sure I'm ready to call them res...

Are you looking to up your gardening game in the new year? One of the many benefits of our temperate winter climate in t...
01/04/2023

Are you looking to up your gardening game in the new year?

One of the many benefits of our temperate winter climate in the is being able to garden year-round. Learn how to prep your garden for spring this Saturday, January 7 at 10AM with Lori Caldwell, CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education.

Register for free: https://bit.ly/3aKJSAS

01/03/2023

With more rain approaching, now is the time to plan your winter garden maintenance. Mulch to intercept rainfall, divide perennials and bulbs, and keep your home compost bin covered. For more winter garden maintenance tips, check out our guide!

Get the guide: https://bit.ly/3vBxVnQ

 that live Christmas trees can be turned into valuable compost and mulch? When it's time, remove all decorations, nails,...
01/02/2023

that live Christmas trees can be turned into valuable compost and mulch? When it's time, remove all decorations, nails, plastic bags, lights and stands before putting your tree out for curbside pick-up. Check in with your local hauler for pick-up days and times. Find your hauler: https://resource.stopwaste.org/curbside

Welcome, 2023! We've been sharing easy tips to reduce waste at home all year long, which have you been practicing this ?...
01/02/2023

Welcome, 2023! We've been sharing easy tips to reduce waste at home all year long, which have you been practicing this ? Which will you take with you into 2023 😃 ?

Tell us below 👇

Is your kitchen due for a deep clean after all the holiday cooking? Freshen up your kitchen with baking soda! Baking sod...
12/31/2022
Cleaning With Baking Soda: 3 Easy Recipes for Tough Kitchen Messes

Is your kitchen due for a deep clean after all the holiday cooking? Freshen up your kitchen with baking soda! Baking soda can neutralize odors, remove stains, clean difficult items, and is a safe alternative to toxic cleaners. Try these cleaning recipes: https://bit.ly/3Ie4RdD

Baking soda can be combined with vinegar, water, or hydrogen peroxide for a powerful cleaning mixture without harsh chemicals.

Are you running out of recipe ideas for your holiday leftovers? Try Chef Jen's turkey pozole!
12/30/2022

Are you running out of recipe ideas for your holiday leftovers? Try Chef Jen's turkey pozole!

Here is another food saving recipe this time made by Chef Jen. She made turkey pozole using holiday meal leftovers. First she cooked the turkey bones and veggie scraps in the slow cooker to make broth, then shredded the leftover turkey for the pozole. Carrots, celery and onions leftover from stuffing prep were also added for extra flavor.

Did you know that expiration date labels—whether on a bag of greens or a tub of yogurt—refer to peak freshness rather th...
12/30/2022

Did you know that expiration date labels—whether on a bag of greens or a tub of yogurt—refer to peak freshness rather than food safety?

Click to hear Savi Joshi, Chef Educator at 18 Reasons, talk through some of the confusion around date labels and how to ensure you're getting the most out of your food 🤗: https://stopfoodwaste.org/tips/eat/expiration-dates-video

Is it time to switch your electronics' batteries? Here's a guide to recycling them properly: https://bit.ly/3WxdUe1
12/29/2022
Earth Action: Switch Your Batteries

Is it time to switch your electronics' batteries? Here's a guide to recycling them properly: https://bit.ly/3WxdUe1

Check out our recycling resources for help recycling batteries. Before you buy new ones, consider switching to rechargeable batteries.

News from faraway family and friends gave you great joy, but now what to do with the holiday cards? Save these  ideas: h...
12/27/2022

News from faraway family and friends gave you great joy, but now what to do with the holiday cards?

Save these ideas: https://bit.ly/2LziAwo

"Nothing goes to waste with my grandmothers — especially food — as leftovers will be transformed and reheated for the tr...
12/27/2022
Reflecting On Food, Family, and Community

"Nothing goes to waste with my grandmothers — especially food — as leftovers will be transformed and reheated for the traditional second gathering," shares Cristian, a StopWaste Program Services Specialists, as he reflects on food, family, and community during the .

What traditions do your family and friends practice during the ?

Read on:

Grounding family traditions at one multi-generational Oakland dinner table.This year as my family sits around the dinner table for the holidays, I am reminded of the generations that have brought us to this very moment to where we are in “Jingle Town," East Oakland. We gather around our grandmothe...

Happy Holidays!Wondering what paper and packaging is recyclable and what's not? How about how to compost your holiday tr...
12/25/2022

Happy Holidays!

Wondering what paper and packaging is recyclable and what's not? How about how to compost your holiday tree? We've got it all right here 👉 https://bit.ly/3yTxSol

Great tips for recycling wrapping paper and packaging items 🎁 📦 . For example, try crumpling your wrapping paper into a ...
12/25/2022
Four tips for better recycling at Christmas

Great tips for recycling wrapping paper and packaging items 🎁 📦 . For example, try crumpling your wrapping paper into a ball, if it stays ball-shaped, it can likely be recycled, but if it springs back, is shiny, or has glitter it probably contains plastics and likely can't be recycled. Read on for more tips: https://bbc.in/3WltwRK

How you can celebrate while doing less harm to the planet

It's ! Do you know how to tell if your eggs are still fresh 🥚 🥚 🥚 ? Even if the date has passed, they may still be good ...
12/24/2022

It's ! Do you know how to tell if your eggs are still fresh 🥚 🥚 🥚 ? Even if the date has passed, they may still be good for your eggnog.

Place your eggs in a bowl of water, if they sink, they are good to eat! If they float, put them in your compost bin.

Check out our fresh egg test: https://stopfoodwaste.org/tips/eat/egg-test

Today’s  tip from Food Shift: Have too many leftover baked goods and pastries? Crumble up and toast stale cookies, to ma...
12/22/2022

Today’s tip from Food Shift: Have too many leftover baked goods and pastries? Crumble up and toast stale cookies, to make the perfect topping for yogurt and frozen desserts. Or make a parfait or bread pudding with leftover donuts, rolls, and cakes! 🍩🥐 🍪 🍨

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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.
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It has some minor scuffs from a magic marker, but could easily be lightly sanded away.
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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..."

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