ATTENTION LARA MEMBERS:
OUR 1ST QUARTER MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED
LARA First Quarter & AB 939 Annual Report Hacks
Thursday, March 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
Lucy Avalos Community Center
11832 Atlantic Ave
Lynwood, CA 90262
California Food Waste Prevention Week
March 5th – March 9th, 2018
Here are some of my favorite waste prevention tips from Save The Food:
- Shop wisely: Plan your meals for the week in advance. Shop with a list. Stick to the list and avoid impulse buys.
- Proper portions: Don’t buy or serve more than you need—Save The Food’s handy portion calculator can help! Skip the bulk items, which encourage excess, as it may not be such a bargain if you’re going to toss half of it.
- Love your leftovers: While you’re planning your meals in advance, plan for nights when you’re likely to go out to eat and when you might have leftovers from earlier meals. Get creative to give leftovers another life—could they be the start of a casserole or soup the day after?
- Freeze it: Frozen food will keep longer. Almost anything can be frozen! But portion out, label and date your food so that it’s easy to serve later.
- Shop your kitchen before the store: Check the fridge, freezer, and pantry for items that need to get used up before you splurge on new items.
- Don’t fall for date labels: Food doesn’t magically spoil as soon as the label on the package is passed. Sell-by, use-by, and best-by dates are generally manufacturers’ suggestions for when an item is likely to be at its peak quality. Ideally, the federal government should standardize food date labels to reduce confusion—and we’re working on getting them to do that! But in the meantime, learn how to understand these labels and rely more on your own senses to assess food quality.
- Spread the word: Engage friends, family, community, and businesses in food-saving practices. Share your favorite tips with your friends and family. Encourage your local restaurants and grocery stores to avoid excessive portions and package sizes; and tell them it is ok if they run out of an item at the end of the day (so that they can avoid over-purchasing). Teach kids to value food and not to waste it.
Check out SaveTheFood.com for more.
The Los Angeles Regional Agency Team took a trip to the world renowned Future Foods Farms in the city of Brea to discover ways our neighbors are becoming environmentally friendly. Future Foods Farms, whose mission is to create a sustainable farm concept that will change both agriculture and the restaurant industry forever is located on 25 acres and produces all organically grown products in their 4,000 square-feet greenhouses which is one of the largest Aquaponic farms in the state. All of the products are grown locally, without harmful chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic nutrients, and use considerably less water and power than hydroponic and conventional farming.
Take a look at our phenomenal trip and if you’d like to go, check out Future Foods Farms for tours and tastings.
The Los Angeles Regional Agency will be honoring businesses, organizations, and individuals who are leaders in environmental stewardship and have shown the commitment to be a crusader for our mission to reach Zero Waste in California by 2025.
When: April 26th, 2018
Where: Royal Oaks Manor (City of Duarte)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Check out last years San Gabriel Valley Environmental Awards… and don’t forget to follow and like us on Facebook and Twitter!
AB 939 Workshop
Thursday, March 15, 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lynwood Bateman Hall
11331 Ernestine Ave, Lynwood, CA 90262
*Organics Program Implementation
*Education and Outreach
LARA is looking forward to new opportunities and strengthening our partnerships with our residents, businesses, and service providers to achieve Zero Waste! Happy 2018 to all!
How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas
The Holiday season is a loving and fun time but it is also a very wasteful season. Learn how to avoid that with these helpful tips and insight for this time of the year. Being more environmentally conscious during the holidays can help save both the earth and your wallet. Learn more about how to reduce holiday waste by clicking here.
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.
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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.