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Reducing Food Waste During Thanksgiving


According to statistics, Americans throw out an average of $277 million worth of food during the Thanksgiving season. Here are some ways that we can help reduce food waste and make it possible to be both ethical and eco-conscious. For tips on how to close the food waste gap, click Here.

How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle during Halloween!

The Halloween season is always a fun and exciting time to celebrate our creativity and individuality, but it can also be a very wasteful season. With the ease and convenience of the dollar store Halloween stop, we can forget how our choices affect our planet. Here are some simple reduce, reuse, and recycle tips that can help you have a fun, spooky, and green Halloween.

Halloween Tips 


Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2017 SEED Awards!!!

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Back to School Season is Here!

It’s that time of the year again, bells ringing and students shuffling to get to class on time, but let’s not forget to also be environmentally-conscious during this hectic time. Here are some tips on how to help protect both the environment and your wallet.

Back to School Tips

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all LARA members and all those who helped complete the 2016 Annual Report!

2016 AB 939 Annual Report is SUBMITTED!

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe)

Businesses and Multi-family Dwellings must have an organics recycling program in place by:

  • January 1, 2017 – if your business generates 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week

Organics: defined by the State as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.
*Note: Multi-family dwellings are not required to have a food waste recycling program.

For more information: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics

LA is the #2 city in the nation ranking in EPA’s list of top cities that received ENERGY STAR certified building for 2017 with a total of 531.


2017 Top Cities 

LASAN and LAWA will kick off an Organics Recycling Pilot Program on Earth Day, April 22, 2017 at the Los Angeles International Airport!

LASAN training concession staff through a sorting game to prepare for the kick-off of the pilot program.

To learn more about this organization, click here.

Growth in Food Waste

The United States spends about 1 billion dollars a year just to dispose of food waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food leftovers are the single-largest component of the waste stream by weight in the United States. Food waste includes uneaten food and food preparation scraps from residences or households, commercial establishments like restaurants, institutional sources like school cafeterias, and industrial sources like factory lunchrooms… MORe

2017 San Gabriel Valley Regional Awards

Congratulations to all the awardees!!!

Visit the 2017 San Gabriel Awards page.

Public Policy Advocacy
California Legislative Actions

As part of California’s efforts to combat climate change and move forward on the ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting, or source reduction of solid waste, CalRecycle is actively working with local government partners and industry to expand California’s recycling infrastructure and keep methane-emitting food and other organic waste out of landfills.

  • AB 1826 of 2014–Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling – Beginning April 2016, businesses that generate at least 8 cubic yards of organic waste (food scraps, yard clippings) per week must arrange for the recycling of that waste. The law phases in the requirements on more businesses over time. Beginning January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions will begin implementing organic waste recycling programs to divert organic waste generated by businesses.
  • AB 199 of 2015–Alternative Energy: Recycled Feedstock Tax Break – Provides tax exemptions for businesses purchasing recycling and composting equipment. It also expands eligibility for this tax exclusion to equipment that uses recycled feedstock to make new products.
  • AB 876 of 2015–Compostable Organics Infrastructure – Requires local counties and regional agencies to include in annual reports to CalRecycle: estimated amount of organic waste over a 15-year period, estimated additional infrastructure required, and locations for new/expanded infrastructure.
  • AB 901 of 2015–Direct Reporting Requirements – Provides CalRecycle with enforcement authority for existing disposal reporting requirements and updates reporting requirements for recycling, composting, and solid waste disposal facilities. This will help CalRecycle accurately measure progress toward the 75 percent goal.
  • AB 1045 of 2015–Organic Waste Composting Promotion – Requires the California Environmental Protection Agency, CalRecycle, the State Water Resources Control Board, the State Air Resources Control Board, and the Department of Food and Agriculture to develop and implement policies that keep organic waste out of landfills and promote composting and alternative uses for that material.

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